Now he wants to put a couple of dozen of the articles on WordPress site running on a subdomain of the main url - to get feedback from potential audience.
His web dev person claims this will hurt the main site when the main site goes public and search engines find there articles previously published on the subdomain.
I strongly doubt this. This is not being done to spam the search engines and they are smart enough to figure that out, i would think. ---- what is your opinion?