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  • 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?


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  • 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.

    Michael Torbert


    WordPress Virtuoso

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

    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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