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2011-08-27 5:56 am
Adds a splash page to your blog that lets visitors know your blog is down for maintenance. Logged in administrators get full access to the blog including the front-end.
Visitors will see a message like "Maintenance Mode - SITE is currently undergoing scheduled maintenance. Please try back in 60 minutes. Sorry for the inconvenience."
It is super easy to use and allows you to turn your site "on" and "off" with just 1 or 2 clicks! You can get the plugin directly from the wordpress site: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/maintenance-mode/
By the way, I assume that you are running Wordpress on your own site. If you are running a site on Wordpress.com, this may not work for you.
All the best to you!
2011-08-19 11:01 am
The easiest way to "hide" a site such as WordPress from the public while you work on it is <a href='http://www.webhostinghub.com/support/edu/wordpress/101-getting-started/install-through-cpanel' target='_blank'>to install WordPress</a> in a different directory and then move it to your primary domain when you are finished. For example, you can install (or move, if you already installed it) WordPress to a directory called "test", so to visit your site you have to visit http://www.yourdomain.com/test. To do this, just specify a name in the "install in directory" field when installing WordPress through Fantastico, and the folder will be created automatically for you. Of course, the public won't know to look there, so no one will know it is available.
On your primary domain you can keep a "website coming soon" message while on the test directory you work on your WordPress site in peace. Then once you are done and have your site all ready, you can move the WordPress site from the test folder to your primary domain. Moving your site is a pretty quick process and only requires one file modification, I have included below a KB article on how to move WordPress once you are ready for that step.
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