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How to add a holding page in front of a domain

  • # July 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I have set up a holding page to announce a new version of a website coming soon.

    I wanted people to still be able to access the original site, so my approach was to place the holding page in the root folder on the server, and move the original site to a subfolder and link to it from the holding page.

    However, on testing this setup it appears to have hurt the SEO placing of the website. Is there a better approach to this? I’m a bit stumped as I want both to share the same url.

    Would appreciate any help. Thanks.

    # July 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    This isn’t my expertise so I can’t give you any specifics, but I would assume you’d simply use cookies to determine whether or not a user has already seen the hold page. Once they’ve seen it and click through to the old site you can set a cookie and deliver them a different page.

    # July 1, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Or the cookie thing, but with a full-screen overlay that can be dismissed (so keep everything on the original page), that way it won’t hurt SEO.

    # July 2, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Thanks for the suggestions. I’m thinking for simplicity sake I might add the new landing page as a page within the existing site, but style it differently. So far I’ve got it working but it loads after the main page. I’ve posted here with info if anyone’s interested.

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17420694/how-to-make-js-page-redirect-trigger-before-page-load

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