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An easy way for hiding my website?
Thread poster: Nesrin

Nesrin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:00
English to Arabic
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Feb 16, 2009

Can anyone suggest an easy and quick way for hiding my website? I don't want to take it down completely, I just want to hide it as I'm not currently working as a freelancer.
The original site files are stored on a different computer to which I don't have access at the moment, so I would like to do that through the online File Manager in the Control Panel. I tried renaming the main_index file but it didn't do the trick.

Thanks for any suggestions!


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Vito Smolej
Local time: 18:00
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rename the subdirectory, if renaming the index does not work Feb 16, 2009

I tried renaming the main_index file but it didn't do the trick.

...however, renaming the root HTML file has always worked for me

Note: after you changed the name, you need to force browser to reload physically the page. If you just ask for it again, it may come out of your own cached memory.

[Edited at 2009-02-16 21:14 GMT]

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Rod Walters  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:00
Japanese to English
Not so simple Feb 16, 2009


Since Google caches your website, people will still be able to see it with a bit of effort. Then they may contact you, and politely tell you that your website isn't working. If you have more than one page, people will get to them through Google searches. Taking it off the server is the surest means, and hardly a major effort.

Why not create a new index file that thanks people for visiting, explains your temporary absence, and invites them to email you their details so that you can contact them again when you're back in business. Similarly, find the 404 - "file not found" file that your provider will have placed in your docs somewhere, and put the message on there too.

(This is a link to an old page on my website.
Clicking on it redirects you to the 404 file on my server. I revised the 404 file to provide useful information to visitors. You can revise yours to suit your situation.)

As for your original pages being on another computer, surely you can simply save them all again off the Web and have a local copy that you can edit if you need to? (unless I misunderstand the situation)

[Edited at 2009-02-16 23:14 GMT]

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Local time: 19:00
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3 options out of the box Feb 17, 2009

Hello Nesrin,

Option 1

Insert a "redirection tag" in all your server pages. That shall redirect users automatically to another location (URL) of your choice:

Example: visit then after about 1 second you shall be redirected automatically to

You can insert that tag after title tag as follows:


Sure you will have to replace with another URL of your choice. However, I do not mind if you want to keep it as is

Please do not forget to replace round brackets with angle brackets of the above tag.

This option is clumsy in your case since you will have to insert that tag in every single page.

Option 2

Go to your domain name manager and change the DNS to another location by changing the DNS values so your domain name will no longer refer to the server that hosts your site.


Option 2 takes time to be effective (you can see result within 48 hours or less) or sometimes immediately depending on service provider reaction.

Option 3

If you use a CMS you can do that by a single click from the CP "Global Configuration" by selecting "Yes" beside "Site Offline".

Please let me know if I could be of further help.


[Edited at 2009-02-17 06:52 GMT]

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Nesrin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Thank you all very much Feb 17, 2009

I'm at work now but will try all your suggestions (or maybe just one, if the first attempt works) this afternoon.
Thanks again!

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