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In this article we’ll discuss options for using a temporary “Coming Soon” page on your Without Code website. Coming Soon pages are great for letting site visitors know that a full website is upcoming, and can also be a fantastic way to capture leads or add to your mailing list when sign-up forms are used.

We will discuss three options for using Coming Soon pages. Each one has its own benefits, so be sure to consider all options to find the approach that’s right for you.

Considerations

There are a few important things to keep in mind, in regard to the Without Code builder:

  • A page on your website cannot be “assigned” as a new Home (index) page. The index page be replaced by another page.
  • Only option A  below allows you to utilize a Coming Soon page without a delay in transitioning to the permanent version of the site. It is also the only option that does not require contacting our team for technical support to help in the transition.

Option A: Build Over Your Coming Soon Page

Benefits: While options B and C include potential delays and require contacting the Without Code support team, this option does not. This is our most common suggestion for those that want to utilize a Coming Soon page.

Drawbacks: Since this method overwrites the Coming Soon design on your Home page, you will not be able to make changes such as launch date or signup form.

Here are the steps:

  • Build a Coming Soon page on the Home (index) page of your site. Our Coming Soon templates are a great way to start with a beautiful pre-designed theme!
  • Publish your site.
  • Now that your Coming Soon page is live on the web, you can begin building the rest of your permanent site.
  • Do not publish the site until it is finished. The key here is that the site will remain unpublished as you build it – you will republish only when the entire site is built.
  • As you build the site, the Coming Soon page will be the only page seen on your domain as you build – as long as you don’t republish during the build process.
  • Want to share preview links with a client or peer? No problem. Utilize the preview link for your site. The preview link will show the current unpublished build status.
  • The new Home page design of your permanent site must be built over the top of your Coming Soon page (you can delete the rows containing the Coming Soon content on your Home page and start over with an empty canvas).

Option B: Build Separate Coming Soon and Permanent Sites (Requires Downtime)

Benefits: This may be an ideal for some users, as you can keep your Coming Soon page and your permanent sites separate, and allow you to use templates for both the Coming Soon page and the permanent site if you choose.

Drawbacks: Since you have two sites and one domain, this method will require canceling a monthly subscription and starting a new one, as well as contacting our support team to purge the domain from our system. The process of purging the domain from our system will cause downtime on your domain (usually less than 24 hours).

Here are the steps:

  • Build a Coming Soon page. Consider saving some time with one of our prebuilt Coming Soon pages.
  • Publish the Coming Soon page on your domain.
  • Start a new separate site build of your permanent site.
  • Do not publish the permanent site during the build. To share a preview of the build use the preview link for your unpublished site.
  • When your permanent site build is complete, you must now replace the Coming Soon page on your domain with the permanent site. To do this…
  • Cancel your Coming Soon site’s subscription. This ensures you aren’t charged for this subscription in the future. Note: It is best to publish your Coming Soon site subscription on a monthly plan. Subscriptions cannot be transferred from site to site, and partial refunds cannot be processed on annual plans – read more.
  • Email our support team (sales@wocode.com) to request the domain be purged from our system. Note: we will need to unpublish the site while this purge is being completed, but this is generally completed within 24 hours.
  • Purchase a new subscription on the permanent site and publish.
  • To learn more about replacing a temporary site with a permanent site, see this article.

Option C: Separate Coming Soon Page and Home Page on the Same Site (Requires Delay)

Benefits: This method allows you to keep your Coming Soon page on the same site as your permanent site, and on a separate page.

Drawbacks: As mentioned above in “Considerations,” keep in mind that non-index pages on your site cannot be manually assigned as a new Home page. This means that a member of our team must do some work on the backend of our system to rebuild your Home page – causing delays. Also, if you wish to make changes to your Coming Soon page, you will need to make sure that the rest of your site is hidden from navigation.

Here are the steps:

  • Build a Coming Soon page. Our prebuilt Coming Soon pages are a great way to have a beautiful Coming Soon page up immediately!
  • Publish the Coming Soon page on your domain.
  • Now that your Coming Soon page is live on the web, you can begin building the rest of your permanent site.
  • You may leave the Coming Soon page intact and build the permanent Home page on another page (you can label the new permanent Home page something obvious like “Home”)
  • Continue building the rest of the site as normal.
  • Do not publish the site while you are building it. The key here is that the site will remain unpublished as you build it – you will republish only when the entire site is built.
  • If you wish to share a preview of your site, utilize your site’s preview link. The preview link will show the current unpublished build status.
  • Once your site build is finished, you will have your Coming Soon page alongside the rest of your site (which is unpublished).
  • Since you cannot simply replace the Coming Soon page with your new permanent Home page, this is where you must contact our technical support team. Email our support team at support@wocode.com and tell them that you need your Coming Soon page replaced with your new Home page.
  • Once we’ve received your support email, we can utilize advanced tools on the backend to manually rebuild your index page using the design you’ve used on your new permanent home page.
  • Please keep a couple things in mind at this time:
    • This process will cause a delay in launching your new permanent site. Once a member of our support staff receives your support request, this process is not automatic and requires some time. We always do our best to complete your requests as quickly as possible, but keep in mind that this delay is dependent on support load. Fortunately, the transition time between the “Coming Soon” version of your site and the permanent full version is instant once republished.
    • Since there can only be one index page per site, your Coming Soon page will need to be over-written (deleted). If you need to save your Coming Soon page design, please make sure to note this when contacting our team. We can manually rebuild this page onto a new page of your site (which can be hidden from navigation) if requested.
    • Please explain clearly which page you wish to become your index (Home) page. It’s best to name this page “Home” to make things easier.
  • Our support team will let you know when we’ve rebuilt your index page. We can republish the site for you, but we encourage you to review the site after the change and republish when you’ve confirmed the layout is correct.
  • Republish when ready.

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