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Hiding a site while it is under construction

May 10, 2012 3:01 AM

There are times when you are building a site or redesigning an existing site and you do not want the general public to see the pages when the site is not ready.

In this article, you'll learn how to create a temporary home page, to hide the rest of the site from view. Follow these steps:

  1. Create a new web page that will serve as the temporary home page. If desired, you can name it Under Construction.
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  2. From the More Actions menu, select Set as Start Page.
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After making these changes, whenever a visitor requests the home page of the site (by either clicking a link or entering the site's URL in a browser) the temporary home page will appear.

Since the temporary home page does not contain any links to the other pages in the site, visitors cannot navigate to see the rest of the site.

When you are finished updating the site, reset the real index.html (or index.htm) page as the start page for the site, to publish the changes and make them accessible.

Note: It is recommended that you also customize the 404 Page Not Found system page in case someone tries to view your site by entering an incorrect URL (e.g. http://www.yoursite.com/non-existant-page).

 
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