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.
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.
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.
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.
To hide a page, click the little eyeball icon next to it in your Edit Navigation menu.
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.