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 a new project with a placeholder website

First, create a project as usual by clicking on "+ Website" button in the Website 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 have created your placeholder website, you can go ahead and put it online. Click on "Register domain" under the name of your project in the Website Manager (or Actions > Manage domains). 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 CMS by creating the corresponding pages within the project. Just add new subpages in "Pages" menu and design them according to your customer's wishes.

When you click on the cog icon you will see the URL and SEO-relevant settings like Meta title and description. You will also find a checkbox for "Noindex" which will prevent your subpages from being listed by search engines once you activated it. To further protect the subpages you can set up password protection. As soon as your website is finished, you can delete the placeholder subpage and deactivate "Noindex". 

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