How to Create an Under Construction Pageby Contributor
Why wait until after your website is built to start advertising it? If you create an "Under Construction" page and post it at your Web address, visitors will be enticed to continue checking your address to see if the site is complete. Here's how to create an "Under Construction" page.
Get your domain name. The first step is to purchase your domain name. This is the web address that visitors will use to get to your website. You can purchase domain names online from websites like Go Daddy and BuyDomains (see Resources below).
See if the domain server will set up the page. Sometimes your domain server will set up an "Under Construction" page for you. When you're looking for a domain server, ask whether this is part of the contract.
Create your own "Under Construction" page if your domain server doesn't provide one. Use a simple program like Page Maker, or follow these steps: • Open a text editing application like Notepad or EditPad. • Type "<html>". (Include only the keystrokes in between the quotation marks here and below). This will tell the browser that you're creating an HTML document. • Add "<head>" to indicate that the document's information is starting. • Add a title by typing "<title>Under Construction</title>" followed by "</head>". • Start the body of the webpage by typing "<body>Site Under Construction</body>". The viewer will see this text; so add all pertinent information. • Close the webpage by typing </html> and save as trial.html. • Open your browser and click on "Open" from the "File" menu. Locate the file and click "Open" to view your "Under Construction" page.
Add basic text and information. To make sure your "Under Construction" page is useful, include not only a statement that the site is under construction but also information like the site's name. If you know when the expected completion date is going to be, include that as well.
Insert a graphic. Within your page-making program, insert graphics that show the site under construction. Most sites use a graphic that resembles a road construction sign.
Post the "Under Construction" page. When the page is finalized, post it at your domain name. When someone visits your Web address, they will now know they should keep checking back.
- check Include an email address that people can email to get more information on the website.
- check Use a hit counter to keep track of the site's traffic even before it goes live.
- close Before deciding on a host, make sure they let you have an "Under Construction" page posted.
- close Make sure your "Under Construction" page is of as good as quality as your site will be. Otherwise, you might leave a bad first impression.