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Hide magento store from public view
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catgirl
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April 10, 2014 - 12:56 pm
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Hello,

I have followed the guides to set up a new magento store for a new domain name.

Is there a guide to explain how to hide the website from the public, while it is being worked on?

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Matthew Ogborne

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April 10, 2014 - 1:11 pm
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Hi Sam,

Thanks for posting here :)

catgirl said
I have followed the guides to set up a new magento store for a new domain name.

Is there a guide to explain how to hide the website from the public, while it is being worked on?

You have a couple of options available.

The first is the easiest, you can set the site as noindex, no follow using the Magento settings in System > Configuration > Design > HTML Head > Default Robots = “NOINDEX,NOFOLLOW”

Note: Also it would be suggested to set the store as a demo store in System > Configuration > Design > HTML Head > Display Demo Store Notice = Yes

Also note that if you have more than one website setup, you can set this at website level using the “Current Configuration Scope:” dropdown.

If you want to lock the entire site down so that only you can access it, then using a htaccess file and password would work really well. This is covered in this tutorial https://understandinge.com/tutorial/imp-0010/ using cPanel, however there are many only tools that can help you with this as well, see here https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=htaccess+password+protect+folder

Does that help you?

Matt

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Alexis Svenn

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April 10, 2014 - 2:12 pm
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I usually set up a holding page in a directory holding in the site’s root then edit the .htaccess file to the following – the “#” comments out the line so you need only move them up a line in order to launch the site.

During development you can access the site via http://www.website.com/home

NB also no index no follow as suggested as Google’s bots have tendency to find what you don’t want them to.

############################################
## default index file
DirectoryIndex holding/index.html
##DirectoryIndex index.php

############################################

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catgirl
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April 12, 2014 - 12:02 pm
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Thanks for the reply’s.

I have blocked Google for now as suggested.

I will watch that tutorial now, to see how to edit the .htaccess file. I like Alexis’ idea.

 

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