How do I temporarily take my entire site offline except for the index page?

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How do I temporarily take my entire site offline except for the index page?

#1 Post by joestrike » 2017-10-19 15:52

I've already changed my site's Index page to display an "Under Construction" message while I'm redoing the site. However, people can still do a google search for the site's name and access anything on the site via the search results. What's the easiest non-technical way of temporarily hiding the rest of the site until it's ready to go public again?

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Re: How do I temporarily take my entire site offline except for the index page?

#2 Post by boco » 2017-10-19 16:06

1. Prevent site indexing (robots.txt).
2. Move the items to a different place (e. g. a newly created subdirectory).
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Re: How do I temporarily take my entire site offline except for the index page?

#3 Post by JamesCas » 2018-01-05 17:33

Hi Boco, I want to do this too but I'm sure how to do what you're suggesting. Is there anywhere a video tutorial or something?

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Re: How do I temporarily take my entire site offline except for the index page?

#4 Post by joestrike » 2018-01-05 22:02

JamesCas wrote:Hi Boco, I want to do this too but I'm sure how to do what you're suggesting. Is there anywhere a video tutorial or something?
It's been a while since I accomplished this so I'm not 100% sure if this is how I did it, but I think I changed the name of the folder all my material was in, so when the browser went to look for a pic, the folder it was looking for (or at least its name) no long existed

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Re: How do I temporarily take my entire site offline except for the index page?

#5 Post by abbeyman » 2018-01-24 19:26

You also need a 404 page for errors (page not found) as people will still find your pages in Googles index and click on them
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