I own a website on the history and families of a local village. It is not monetized, and is just a personal project. It gets a couple of hundred hits a week (it's a small village!)
I originally started this site 10 years ago, and as it has slowly grown bigger, it now looks skanky and messy.
So I am building a snazzy new version with Serif WebPlus. Obviously a lot of the original copy is being reused, exactly as it is.
I have put the new, partially complete, site up online, with a link from the original site, so people can see how it is coming along. I plan to remove the old site and link the new one to the original domain name on 1st Decemeber (hoping I am done by then).
But now I am worrying, my original site is the top ranking site on google for the village name. Will my temporarily duplicating most of it like this affect me? Will google dislike it? Could I end up with issues?
It seemed like a good idea when I did it, but now I am worried. I would appreciate any thoughts, please.