We currently renew our company website with new content and design.
Our developer has created a test website with a new domain.
The test website for developing purposes to add the new content and prepare the new design; so that when everything is complete, we will be publish to the real company website.
My question is:
Will this considered as duplicated content when we publish to the real website?
The new content has been published to the test website and some of the content is already appeared on google search.
The test website is two weeks old only.
I am afraid when we publish to the real website, the new content will not rank because google will consider it as duplicated content (even though it is our content but in test website).
I would like to get your recommendations.
Do you recommend me to shut down the test website?
If I close the test website, what about the content? can I published it in the real website? or has google already marked it as existing content and I need to create new one?
Also, what the developer should have done instead of creating test website this way?
Is there another method to test website during the development phase without affecting the original website?