I'd like to know what people do when starting up a new blog and still designing it and getting it ready for the public, not not allowing them in while it's under construction. Of course Admin would still need to be able to see the enitire site as an end user.
I have seen two plugins in my search here -- Maintenance Mode and Lockout. But every thread I find discussing these say that there are major problems. Too bad it's not built in like in Expression Engine.
So what is the best practice? I suppose I could just buy a crazy domain name no one would ever key in and use that while creating new sites, and then switch it over. But there must be a better way.
(I have it set up on a new VPS and have not yet pointed the nameservers to it, thinking I could just access it by IP address, but that's not working. It's not my primary domain on the VPS, it's a second domain, and I can't figure out an IP URL to get to it. They both use the same IP address. I thought I could do something like http://domainname.IPADRESS but that didn't get me there. I'm used to using "add-on domains" on a hosting account and I could do something similar to thsi, but not on the VPS so far. But, I'm new at VPS's. (I'm using Plesk).)