I want to Test my Website Live, but I don't want the public to see it.

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A 'Coming Soon' or 'Under Construction' page, is a placeholder page used to block public viewing of your website while it is in the process of being built and/or tested live on the hosting server.

The default pages that all servers will initially look for to display onscreen when accessing your website are as follows (in order of priority):
index.htm
index.html
index.php
default.htm

Create an Under Construction Page
- Login to your cPanel
- File Manager root folder (if it is the primary domain, use public_html)
- Click 'New File' - name it appropriately e.g. underconstruction.html
- Click Create New File

Edit an 'Under Construction' Page
- Select the filename and click HTML Editor
- Create the page and ensure that you include all your relevant contact information and a short paragraph about your company/products
- Save

Change your default Index Page in .htaccess
The .htaccess file is a hidden text file within your hosting account that can modify the usual behaviour of your website.

- In File Manager click on Web Root (addon domains use the dropdown and select the correct domain name)
- Ensure Show Hidden Files is ticked
- Click Go
- Right the .htaccess file
- Select Edit option and paste the following code at the beginning of the page use your filename e.g. underconstruction.html

              #Alternate default index page
              DirectoryIndex underconstruction.html

- Save
- Test it online to ensure you have done it correctly


Additional .htaccess Info
As an added precaution, you can add additional filenames to the above code and the server will check them in order from left to right. refer example below:

              #Alternate default index page
              DirectoryIndex underconstruction.html index.htm index.html index.php default.htm

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