Can I make my site under construction?

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I'm not ready for my website to go live yet. Is there a way to set an under construction page?
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Hi,

The first page that search engines recognize for your site online is the Index page. So you can put some information about your site being under construction on that page and then republish (by following the steps below).

  1. Click Websites Manager on the left. Then, click Edit Site to go to the editor.



  2. Open your Home (index) page.


  3. In the Toolbar, click the down arrow to the right of Save, and click Save As.


  4. In the Browse window, enter a new page name in the File Name field. For example, Index2. Click OK. This creates a duplicate of your home page. The editor re-opens on the Index2 page.


  5. Re-open the Home (index) page. Edit this page to tell customers about your site being under construction.


  6. A few suggestions:

  • Remove links to other pages so visitors won't be able to view pages you're not ready for them to see. Read more about editing your site navigation menu.

  • Include an email address, phone number, or other method for customers to reach you while your site is under construction.

  • Include a contact form so customers can request information, get a quote, or simply contact you. Read more about adding a form.

  • Include a date your website will be completed. Give visitors an idea of when you expect the website to be up and running.


  • After you've designed and completed the new Index page as an under construction page, click Publish. Then, click This Page. This will immediately replace your site with the under construction page.


  • Tip: If you're still seeing your old page, be sure to clear your cache and cookies. Read more about how to clear your cache and cookies.

  • To work on your actual website, go to the Index2 page (or the name you chose in Step 3) and edit that page as your finished home page. Then, work on any additional pages.


  • When you're ready to replace the under construction page with your finished website.

    1. Open the Index2 page (or the name you chose in Step 4).


    2. In the Toolbar, click the down arrow to the right of Save, and click Save As.


    3. In the browse window, enter Index in the File Name field to save the page as your home page. Click OK. Confirm that you'd like to save over your under construction page by clicking OK again.


    4. Publish your website to replace your under construction page with your updated site. Click Publish. Then, select Entire Site.
    Hope that helps!
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    I wish to temporarily suspend the publishing feature of a website while major reconstruction is being made. Is there a relatively simple method?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    How can I un-publish a website without having to delete it?.
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    Hi Dave,

    Unfortunately there isn't a way to suspend publishing. If you do mistakenly publish, in your file manager, you can click on the page and there is an unpublish icon in the top toolbar.

    Thanks,

    Chris
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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    How do i mark my web-site as closed or under construction?.
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    blessu100fold1836

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    Should I place my website under construction and make live(publish) it to start getting traffic to it or wait until it is presentable to publish?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Publishing Website.

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