I'm working on transferring a site from an old host to dreamhost. At the same time, the site is getting a complete makeover. I don't want to initiate the transfer until the development is completely done, so in order to do all my development, I've setup a devsite.dreamhosters.com domain and have installed several services: joomla, gallery2, oscommerce, etc. and begun customizing these sections. When I'm ready to move these files to the new live site, what will I need to do besides copy the files to the correct directory on my account? I'll be using the same mysql database for the development and live site, so that should all remain the same. Are there scripts available somewhere to migrate files from one domain on my dreamhost account to another?
Or, another method I haven't figured out how to do yet . . . Is it possible to view a domain that has been added on dreamhost but hasn't been transferred in DNS? Say, for instance, www.somedomain.com is hosted somewhere else, but I'm going to eventually transfer it to be hosted on Dreamhost. Say I FTP all my content to the area on dreamhost that I've designated as somedomain.com. Is there a way to view that content over a browser? Or do I have to wait until I make the DNS change?
thanks in advance for the replies.