Editing WordPress in private (4 posts)

  1. Dave333
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I can't find any info on this anywhere so I hope someone can help me here. I have set up a new domain name and hosting account. I have installed WordPress in the root directory. I am starting to create a CMS website but would prefer that my work be hidden from view until I am ready to go live.

    I have created temporary index.html page, sort of a "Coming Soon" message that I would prefer visitors to the site see but putting that in the root folder next to index.php sort screwed things up (spinning its wheels then a timeout) so I removed it.

    Is there an easy way to make my site hidden until I choose to go live?


  2. StrangeAttractor
    Posted 8 years ago #

    What I do is put the entire site under password protection (using cPanel or whatever you use to administrate the backend of your server/hosting site) Not a function of WordPress, but of your server administration.

    But you might also be interested in the maintenance-mode plugin, which puts up a notice, but allows you to view the site normally.

  3. Michael Torbert
    WordPress Virtuoso
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Use .htaccess and .htpasswd. This website will make them for you automatically, then you just need to upload them via ftp.


  4. Dave333
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks guys. I played with the Cpanel method for ages and couldn't get it to let me. I changed users, passwords, deleted htaccess files and tried again. Then I gave up on that method as I was locked out of my site. So I dleleted the htacceess files and was allowed access again.

    So then I went on to the maintenance mode plugin that you recommended StrangeAttractor. This is exactly what I needed. Simple and easy to use fixed it in minutes.

    hallsofmentezuma, thanks for that link, at the bottom of the page is a great informative link to info on .htaccess files.

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