I would like to completely redesign my homepage, but I have a very large site, with many links and pictures. I have been told that all I have to do is design a new Index page and label it index_1.htm and when I get it the way that i like, simply "SAVE AS" index.htm when I am ready and it will automatically replace the old index.htm. Then delete the index_1.htm page.
I have also been told by someone else to create the new index_1.htm page, delete the old index,htm page, then rename the index_1.htm as index.htm.
I am afraid to completely delete the index.htm page first, for fear that it will completely eliminate my website. (It takes for ever to load again.)
However, there are some inherent problems in the earlier index page that I created when I didn't really know what I was doing, and I would like to completely clear it out and start new.
What is the best option for replacing the old index page with the new one and starting completely fresh with the new index page?