Coming Soon: Make Your Site Private Until You’re Ready to Launch

Keep your site private — hidden from the world’s view — until you’re ready to launch it.

When you create a new site, you may want to personalize it before making it public. On WordPress.com, we give you a safe space where you can work on building and editing your site until you’re ready to share it with the world.

Until recently, this Coming Soon mode was limited to new sites without plugins or custom themes installed. We realize, however, that many users — regardless of how long they’ve had a website on WordPress.com — might want to make updates, change the design, or add new functionality without making these changes visible to the public until they’re complete. Now, all sites have this Coming Soon option, and you can toggle it on or off as you wish.

To set your site to Coming Soon, go to Manage in the sidebar, select Settings, scroll down to Privacy, and select the Coming Soon button. Be sure to click on Save settings for the change to take effect.

While in this mode, site visitors will see a landing page with your site’s title. You and other logged-in people that you invite will see the full website.

To invite people to view your site while in Coming Soon mode, add them as new users from the ManagePeopleInvite button. Users will need to at least be a Contributor to view the site in this mode.

To make your site public again, go to Manage in the sidebar, select Settings, scroll down to Privacy, and select the Public button. Again, be sure to click on Save settings.

Private sites for all

If instead of sharing your site with everyone, you want to keep it private, and only available to invited members of the site — for instance, a private blog for your family, made up of photos and videos of your children or pets — you can use the Private option under ManageSettingsPrivacy.

In this mode, instead of the Coming Soon landing page, logged-out visitors will see a more discreet prompt to log in.

No matter what you want to do on your site — whether making a few tweaks, refreshing your site design, or building a fully fledged online store — use the Coming Soon feature to keep it private until you’re ready to unveil it to the world.

We hope you enjoy this new feature!


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  1. AVAGLOBAL GMBH - 937660

    Fantastic thank you for your support!

    Liked by 11 people

  2. brilliantviewpoint

    This was great. I hope you share more WordPress tips with us. Very helpful.

    Liked by 10 people

  3. L.E. Nichols

    Good info. Thanks!

    Liked by 10 people

  4. Sarina

    Hi, when will this new feature be available?

    Liked by 3 people

    • Cheri Lucas Rowlands

      It’s now available on all WordPress.com sites! While logged into your account, go to Manage in the sidebar, select Settings, scroll down to Privacy, and select the Coming Soon button. Be sure to click on Save settings.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Samuelito

    I wish I had this when I was starting out haha!

    Liked by 15 people

  6. mrblvck99

    Cool 😎

    Liked by 10 people

  7. Gianna

    This is so cool! I wish I had it when I was a young blogger starting out but I’m sure that it will make this blogging experience 10x better for the new and incoming bloggers.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. Bennywisdom

    That was a good tip.

    Liked by 4 people

  9. Cle

    I just opened a new website with WP and accidentally noticed this feature. Good!!!

    Liked by 4 people

  10. aryan3456

    That’s very helpful for us!
    Thanks 🙌

    Liked by 3 people

  11. Sumaiya Azhar

    This is a great idea.

    Liked by 4 people

  12. KONNECT APTS LINKS

    Look forward to using it

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Trusted RC Shops

    That feature used to be overdue for the longest time, from the very first day, if you asked me. I’m glad it finally made it to get to see the daylight!

    It’s nice to see that – as expensive it might be – WordPress.com is constantly further developed 🙂
    Kind, regards, René

    Liked by 3 people

  14. Arti Kidia

    I am new comer on wordpress, still confused to use this site and blog both together. Still thank you for information.

    Liked by 6 people

  15. Jeremy Jain Babu

    Thank you for this useful wordpress tip.

    Liked by 6 people

  16. jollof

    Thanks for the WP tip – a refresher is always useful.

    Liked by 5 people

  17. Save & Invest

    Great feature

    Liked by 5 people

  18. Namla

    Great!

    Liked by 4 people

  19. Dougie Morrison

    That is very good. Certainly makes it possible to build a site and not worry about people seeing it before it’s launched.

    Liked by 5 people

  20. vnée

    Great Move!

    Liked by 5 people

  21. Ricardo Santana

    Awesome 👏

    Liked by 4 people

  22. Cocolina

    great feature, thank you! 🙂
    Are you also planning to make a “private” option available for non-logged-in users? E.g. for a family blog, but readers do not have to have an own wordpress account?

    Liked by 4 people

  23. Makeovers Club

    Do we need to first create the content and then launch the website!

    Liked by 5 people

  24. Joyce

    Thank you!

    Liked by 5 people

  25. estherstringz

    This is a great information

    Thanks

    Liked by 3 people

  26. hashmi403

    Very informative. Thanks

    Liked by 3 people

  27. Nguyen Hong Son

    Thank you, it was really very helpful.

    Liked by 3 people

  28. perpeturejackson

    Perfect timing.

    Liked by 3 people

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