Background: I already own two domain names (registrar: Network Solutions), and they currently point to a (lame) website hand-built with html may years ago (one is "psychotechnica.org"). I want to create a new site with modern features. I have two related questions:
Can I continue to keep Network Solutions as my registrar (fees paid through forever), but point the names to my (future) dreamhost site? (I assume this is different than "transferring" the domain names to dreamhost?)
How can I establish and test a new website as I build it, BEFORE redirecting the domain names. Obviously, I'd like the names to continue to point to the old website during the new construction, but it is not clear how to do this using the dashboard/wizard system.