Typically I would set up a folder something like this : website.com/testing. I use absolute URLs, so all the links would be temporary. When it came time to go live I would edit all the links to match the final URL.
I know if I used relative URLs I could just do the links once and transfer with no editing, but from what I understand relative URLs aren’t recommended.
Is there a better way to go about this?
Also, I’ve seen some beta sites with a folder in front of the URL, like this: dev.website.com.