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How to Make Word Press site page inactive without deleting it

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TechTerrified
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2015-02-07 4:26 pm EST

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I am building my site in WordPress. I built a page but I have decided to combine part of it with another page. I don't want to delete the original page as it took much time to create. I'd like to keep it for the future. Is there a way to keep it but make it inactive/invisible when the site is made live? Thanks.

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scott
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43,761 Points
2015-02-09 4:21 pm EST
Hello,

Thank you for your question on unpublishing a page in WordPress. The easiest way to do this is to go into your WordPress admin and then "Edit" the desired page. Up in the upper right corner, there is a 'Status' that should currently be set to 'Published'. Click the dropdown there and you can change the status to "Draft". This will effectively remove the page from your site, but still retain it within WordPress for later use or republishing.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M

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Thank you for your response. I do have one further question. My site is not "live" yet, so when I look at the site from the Dashboard, the page I don't want to show up still does, even after I've changed the status to "Draft." Will it be hidden from the site once the site is made live? (I have the "Under Construction" widget active now, so no pages show up if you type in the domain name - just a short note saying it's coming soon... thanks again
TechTerrified
21 Points
2015-02-11 7:37 pm EST
Hello TechTerrified,

Anything that's designated as DRAFT would not be visible to visitors of your site. You would have to publish a post/page in order for it to be seen by the general public. That being said, WordPress (and many other website applications) have an option that you can add (for free) called "Maintenance Mode". Check out this link for various plugins that you can use: Maintenance Mode Plugins.

You can always load one of those in, put your Website in Maintenance mode with a splash screen of your design, and then easily remove it (through the plugin) when you're ready to show the rest of the world your website. Also, bear in mind that just because your website is public doesn't mean that everyone's going to immediately see it. Only those people actively SEEKING to get to your website will see it. Getting into the search engines for the web also takes time. It's not an instantaneous thing. Check out How to get your site into search engines for more information.

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Kindest regards,
Arnel C.
Arn
42,973 Points
Staff
2015-02-11 7:50 pm EST

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christopherm
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2018-11-02 10:38 am EST
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