https://www.abeille-cyclotourisme.fr/ has been online since about year 2000. It is a 2.5 GB website used by my bicycle club, with HTML4 pages and CSS2, entirely hosted at the root of a single directory (containing many sub-directories) at Dreamhost.

Under the same domain name, I plan to create with my successor webmaster a new website for the exact same purpose, this time using Joomla or WordPress to be more modern, with a Start-up Date within the year 2020. I don’t know the first step I need to perform: structuring the work.

Before Start-up Date, I currently assume, based on my searches on the web, that the new website, under construction and not advertised (closed to robots), should be visible on the subdomain www.2020.abeille-cyclotourisme.fr. Meanwhile, I want the old website, still updated, to continue to be accessible from the current domain www.abeille-cyclotourisme.fr.

After Start-up Date, I want the new website, then solely updated, to be visible on the domain www.abeille-cyclotourisme.fr. Meanwhile, the old website, no longer updated, would continue to be accessible from the subdomain, advertised and open to robots, www.2000.abeille-cyclotourisme.fr.

Am I on the good forum with this problem ?

If YES, in term of structure (including its necessary changes), is this whole objective a good (and feasible) one or should I consider another -more realistic- objective ? There will be subsequent questions on “how-to”. Here, I simply want to be sure I am asking the good question in order to spare the valuable time of those who will be kind enough to advise. TIA

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