It’s pretty quick to start a Jimdo website, but sometimes you’re not quite ready for prime time. Maybe you need more time to find photos, finish your text, or test out some new widgets before premiering your site to the public.
Put your website in Under Construction Mode
Under Construction Mode basically lets you take your website offline while you work on it. You’ll be able to edit the site as you normally would, but no one from the outside will be able to view it. Instead, they’ll be greeted with an “Under Construction” page that looks something like this:
To activate Under Construction Mode, log in to your Jimdo website and go to Settings > Website > Under Construction Mode. You’ll be prompted to turn the feature on, and you can also customize the text that appears on your Under Construction page and add a contact form so customers can still get in touch.
When you’re ready, you can turn the mode off and your website will be live for your adoring public again.
What happens to your SEO while your site is offline?
Taking your site offline can have an impact on your SEO over time. While your site is offline, Google and other search engines can’t crawl it, and they might eventually remove it from their search results.
If your site is brand new, you don’t have anything to worry about. It takes a while for Google to index new websites, so your site likely hasn’t appeared in any search results yet. You haven’t really built up any SEO juice yet so you don’t have any to lose.
If you have an existing website that’s already appearing in search, it’s possible to lose some of your ranking if you’re offline for a long time. It all depends on how long you plan to take your site offline and how popular the site is already. If you’re just planning a weekend project, chances are good that search engine crawlers won’t visit your site in that time, and won’t notice that you’re offline. If you’re planning a longer hiatus, it could start to temporarily impact your ranking.
Other options for renovating your website
If you’re a JimdoFree user, or if you’d rather keep your site online while you work on it, there are a few other options that also work well:
1. Build your own Under Construction page
With this technique, you can make your website hidden from visitors but still online and available to search engine crawlers. You can also entirely customize your Under Construction page with text, photos, video, or any other Elements.
Start by creating a new page from Edit Navigation called Under Construction. You can add a Text Element to this page saying something like “Stay tuned, we’ll be back soon”.
Then, hide the other pages on your website by clicking the little eyeball icon next to them in the Edit Navigation menu.
Note that with this method, the content in your sidebar will still be visible from your Under Construction page, and people will still be able to access pages if they have the direct link.
For a more detailed tutorial on how to set this up, check out our Support Center.
2. Hide individual pages from your navigation
If you’re just redoing a part of your site, you can hide the page from your navigation. This will keep it hidden from people who visit your site and give you ample space to work on it in your own time.
To hide a page, click the little eyeball icon next to it in your Edit Navigation menu.
3. Create password protected areas
Since someone with the direct link can still visit a hidden page, you might want something more secure while you work. This is where password protection can help.
In the Settings menu, go to Website > Password Protected Areas.
You’ll be prompted to choose a password and check the pages you want protected. Once you hit Save, any visitors will need that password to view those pages. For more information on password protection, visit our Support Center.
There’s lots of options to hide pages —just choose the one that’s right for you and have fun building!