I am new to Magento and am having trouble deciding the best workflow. I have been asked to make some design tweaks, just style and layout. The site I am working from is live and I do not want to make changes to the live theme. I want development site that is not public but which I can share with colleagues to test and sign off.
I do not have contact with the original developers and I am not too experienced with server changes and setting up source control.
The Magento docs suggest that multiple store views can be used for AB testing design packages, so I am thinking the best way to get started is to create a new store view for my existing store, which is password protected and excluded from search engine indexing. I can then use this as my sandbox for theme changes. However, this seems convoluted and I suspect there will be a simpler workflow. What are the recommendations?