Start with a new domain and a placeholder website

In this article, we explain how you can put a project online with a placeholder website (a "Coming Soon" or "Under Construction" page) while still working on the real site in the background.

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Basic knowledge

In Sitejet, you can register a new domain and put it online with a placeholder (e.g. an "under construction" page) while you are still working on the final project. This way, your customer can already start using emails with the domain, announce upcoming openings, or leave first impressions on potential customers.

Tip: A placeholder website is typically used to secure the domain for the customer at an early stage.

Create new project with placeholder website

First, create a project as usual by clicking on "+ Website" button in the Website Project Manager, then assign a name and select a template. If you haven't ever created a website with Sitejet before, don't worry! We've created a step-by-step guide for you. For the template, we recommend using a one-pager to show off some initial information about the upcoming site. Our web designers have already done some work for you and created several "Coming Soon" templates that you can customize. Of course, you can also create your own templates.

Publish placeholder website and register domain

Once you've created your placeholder website, you can go ahead and put it online. Click on "Publish" under the name of your project in the Website Project Manager. You will then be taken to the Domain Manager, where you can register your desired domain, or connect one which has been registered already with another provider.

Now you can set up and use email addresses for the domain.

Continue working on the final website

Now you can work on the real website in the Website Builder (CMS) by creating the corresponding pages within the project. Just create new subpages from the "Pages" menu and design them according to your customer's wishes.

Tip: In the "SEO & Details" submenu of the "Pages" menu, check the box for "Noindex". This should prevent the pages you are still working on from being found in search engines. Don't forget to remove these checkmarks once the website is finished. To further protect the subpages from curious eyes, you can set up password protection for them.

As soon as your website is finished, you can delete the placeholder subpage.

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