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How to Configure your WordPress Coming Soon page

 

While you're in the process of building your WordPress website, we want to make sure that you have the option to enable the "Coming Soon" page functionality. The Coming Soon webpage is a temporary landing page for your WordPress website that you can enable using the HostGator plugin within your WordPress Dashboard.

HostGator Coming Soon page

When people visit your website and see your Coming Soon webpage, you're letting them know that something great is being built behind the scenes. This helps you raise brand awareness and create a buzz and hype around your website launch. Instead of seeing an empty webpage or demo theme content, your visitors will see that something new is coming, and they should return to your site as soon as it's ready.

This article discusses the following topics.

Please note that the HostGator plugin is only available on HostGator Softaculous new WordPress installations and cannot be installed from WordPress.org. You can visit the following article for instructions on installing WordPress via Softaculous.

How to enable your Coming Soon page

Here at HostGator, we have made it easier for you to enable the Coming Soon webpage on your WordPress website. There is no need to search and install a new plugin. You only need to configure your HostGator plugin, pre-installed within your WordPress Dashboard. This plugin is activated by default; however, you need to enable it to see the Coming Soon landing page on your site.

To enable your Coming Soon page:

  1. Log in to your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Go to the HostGator plugin section. There are a few ways to get to the Coming Soon settings, but the quickest way is to click on HostGator in the left-side menu.

    WordPress - New HostGator

  3. You will be redirected to the HostGator plugin section, where you'll see different tabs - the Home, Marketplace, Performance, Settings, and Help tabs.

    HostGator Plugin - Main section

  4. Select the Settings tab within the HostGator page, then scroll down to the Coming Soon section.
  5. Use the toggle button to enable the Coming Soon feature.

    HostGator Plugin - Settings

  6. The Coming Soon page is now activated. Visit (or refresh) your website to see the Coming Soon landing page.

    HostGator Coming Soon page

  7. You'll also notice the Coming Soon Active tab is displayed at the top menu of your WordPress Dashboard, notifying you that your Coming Soon page is up and running.

    Coming Soon Active tab


What to do once you're ready to launch your website

Once you're finished building your website, you're now ready to show the world your hard work! You can go ahead and put down the Coming Soon page and launch your website.

To disable the Coming Soon page and launch your website:

  1. In the WordPress Dashboard, click HostGator from the left-side menu.

    WordPress - New HostGator

  2. On the HostGator page, click on the Launch Site button under the Home tab. 

    HostGator plugin - Launch Site

    Alternatively, you can click the Settings tab and use the toggle button to disable the Coming Soon page.

    HostGator Plugin - Settings

  3. Your site has been launched! Visit (or refresh) your website. You should now see your published posts and pages.

    HostGator plugin - Site Launched

  4. Need to put up the Coming Soon page again? Simply click the Restore Coming Soon button under the Home tab.

Troubleshooting FAQ

I've turned off the Coming Soon page and refreshed the page, but I do not see my changes? How do I see my website?

Don't panic! Your updates are still there, and clearing the cache will help you see your hard work. One awesome functionality of the HostGator plugin is clearing cache. Depending on what you want to cache and how often you want to keep your website's cache, you can select your preferred cache options within the HostGator plugin section.

To clear cache using the HostGator plugin:

  1. In the WordPress Dashboard, click HostGator from the left-side menu.

    WordPress - New HostGator

  2. On the HostGator page, click on the Performance tab.

    WordPress - New HostGator

  3. Select your preferred caching options from the Cache Level section.
  4. Once done, click the Clear All Cache Now button.

    Clear all cache now

Still not seeing your updates? You may want to clear your browser's cache. Depending on what browser you're using, the steps to clear the cache may vary. Please visit the following article for more information.

For more information about the HostGator plugin, you may also check this support article.