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Is it possible to create a non CMS page?

Basically, I want a static 'coming soon' page in front of my website in the run up to it's launch, but I can't find a way to do this in the backend. It this possible?

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In order to show a coming soon page to your website visitors do the following;

  1. Access your server through SSH or FTP and edit the .htaccess file by adding the line below (make sure you check to see if it already has one with "index.php" - comment it out if it does with ##) DirectoryIndex index.html
  2. Save the .htaccess file
  3. create a new file and name it index.html
  4. Edit it with your coming soon content and save.
  5. Refresh your browser and you should see the new page.

Hope this helps.

  • Hi @RiccardoT you can prvent google from indexing the page by simply adding a meta tag on the header of the coming soon page like below; [code]<html> <head> <title>...</title> <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW"> </head> [/code] – Creative Apps Jun 7 '16 at 16:57
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You can use the maintenance page.

Create an empty file name maintenance.flag on your Magento root and customize errors/default/503.phtml (change according to your current theme).

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    This is a bad idea from SEO standpoint. – benmarks Jun 7 '16 at 16:25
  • Hi Ben, New2Magento was talking about a coming soon page, I think indexing a temporary page would be worst than asking Google to come here later. – Phoenix128_RiccardoT Jun 7 '16 at 16:26
  • I mean: with 503 you have the "Retry-After" header. With a 200 code Google will index your coming soon page. I'm not a SEO specialist and you are my Magento hero, so I can be wrong. – Phoenix128_RiccardoT Jun 7 '16 at 16:32
  • Can't set retry-after via native maintenance page. Semantically, the response should be 200. – benmarks Jun 8 '16 at 18:02

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