When building a website, you may not want random visitors snooping your pages until you are ready for them. Even while some programs allow you to build your site on your local computer and then publish when you are finished, you still may want to test your site on the live server before opening to the public. In this case, you may want to place an "Under Construction" or "Coming Soon" page in place.
 
The problem lies with how your hosting server looks for the first page of your site, also called the index page. The server looks for pages that are named index.htm, index.html, index.php, and default.htm, in that order. If it finds a file with one of those names, it places that as the landing page of your website. Website design programs most often create an index.html or index.php page. When publishing your site, even for testing, it is likely that the first page will begin to display to the public. This article will guide you on how to create and set up a placeholder page so that you can work on your site in the background.
 

How to create a custom Under Construction/Coming Soon page

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Enter the File Manager. Be sure to navigate to the root folder for the domain you are working with. If it is the primary domain, use public_html.
  3. Click on New File, an icon found in the toolbar at the top of the page.
  4. Next, give the file a name. Our example will be named comingsoon.html. Click on the Create New File button to complete its creation. Note this simply creates an empty file.
    create and name the file
  5. Now we need to edit the empty file. Highlight the filename and then click on HTML Editor. This allows you to create the page visually, no coding needed. You can make it as fancy or simple as you wish. In our example we will make it very simple.
    add page content
  6. Once you have designed your page, click on the Save button in the upper left of the tool bar. It appears as a floppy disk.

  7. Now that you have created the page, you need to set the filen ame as your default for your website. Those instructions are found in our article on How to change your default index page in .htaccess. Below is a screenshot of how the page will display on the web once that is completed.
    coming soon page in place
 
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2014-06-26 12:49 pm

i created the webpage for under construction now how do i remove this so that my website gets online ?

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2014-06-26 12:52 pm
To do so, you will simply revert the changes that you made to your .htaccess file and remove the file that you created.
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2014-06-28 3:54 pm

Hello,

What about if we have more than a website on the same hoem directory and we wish to display the message for only one site? Is this possible?

 

Thank you

 

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15,308 Points
2014-06-28 4:34 pm
Hello Tom,

Yes, the public_html is the root folder for your primary domain. Other addon domains will have their own home folders (usually named the same as the website, only the public_html is different in that regard) so they will be unaffected by files in other folders.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M

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