We are a super small site. We simply run it locally, to the super-novice users, it's a web page... they can access and for all intended purposes. With users, I mean three. Not to mention there is only a single machine on site.
Overall anyone might perform any procedure/process, so instead of everyone taking notes or explaining the same steps, I thought I'd just document it in Q&A.
I wanted to try "things" and didn't want to break this, so I setup a test instance on a Raspberry Pi, to which I successfully completed over the weekend without any issues. There are a couple of plugins, Email Formatting and Donut Theme.
I just wanted to mention that since I copied prod (qa folder) to test, it was a true copy, so no changes were made or had to be made (referring to Step 4 comment). Also, it did launch immediately after DB import with no changes to the preferred URL as that makes sense as explained.
From previous experiences a major visualization change form test to prod, such as a logo or color scheme was part of the process to show an visual change of instances. I don't want to mention names because I like Paul, but someone might install a database over a production database over a taking the system down for hours...just saying. Paul now favors colors.
Thanks a ton for your reply, I really appreciate your input.