Can I hide my WordPress site until it is ready?

Yes, you can hide the website until it’s ready in two ways:

1. The easy way to hide your WordPress website while you’re in development is to check the option “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” from Settings > Reading

2. Another way is to install a free maintenance plugin like https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-maintenance-mode/

wp maintenance plugin

The plugin will let you customize the website but it will be hidden for the users and Search Engines. This is how the visitors will see the frontend:

One advantage to use the maintenance plugin is that you can collect emails until you finish the website and already have users for Email Marketing when you start your business.

Increase Your Website Security

Don’t forget to install a security plugin before making the website public.

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