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How to put Joomla 3.0 site offline

Joomla 3.0 Tutorial on how to put your Joomla website offline so visitors cannot access your site while you are working on it.  As an admin there are many settings, menus, links, articles, categories and more that you want to set up before anyone can access the site.  So after you install Joomla 3.0 you can place your website in offline mode while you work on it behind the scenes.  Users will see a “Under Construction” message in the meantime.  I made my offline page look like the screenshot below:

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Joomla 3.0 Website is Offline Under Construction

Steps to put your Joomla 3.0 website Offiline:

  1. Go to your Global Configuration
  2. Modify Site Settings in Global Configuration
  3. Upload a Logo in Site Global Configuration
  4. Change Offline Message in Site Global Configuration

Steps:

1.  Go to your Global Configuration

Global configuration contains all settings that are essential for your Joomla 3.0 website to run. Most importantly it contains information about your site, server, system, permissions, text filters, database password, database name, database user, and more.

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Joomla 3.0 – System Global Configuration
  • Login to your Joomla 3.0 Administrator Backend
  • Click on ‘System’
  • Click on ‘Global Configuration

2.  Modify Site Settings in Global Configuration

You can change your Site name in the Site Settings in Global Configuration.  You can also choose to set your website to be offline or online.

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Joomla 3.0 – Site Settings for Global Configuration
  • Click on the ‘Site’ tab
  • Under Site Settings, set the following value:
    • Site Offline = Yes

3.  Upload a Logo in Site Global Configuration

You can also choose to customize your Offline message by adding an Offline image.  Click on the ‘Select‘ beside the Offline image.

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Joomla 3.0 – Customize Offline Message with an Offline Image
  • Click on ‘Choose File’
  • Select the file from your computer
  • Click on ‘Start Upload
  • Select the image once it appears in the image directory
  • Click on ‘Insert

4.  Change Offline Message in Site Global Configuration

You can choose to change your offline message content to anything you wish.  You can also choose to hide it.  In this case I chose to display my customized offline message.

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Joomla 3.0 – Change Offline Message in Offline Mode
  • Under Site Settings, set the following value:
    • Offline Message = Use Custom Message
    • Custom Message = <Anything you want here> Hi there, Sorry my site is currently not available. <br> Please come back again soon!
  • Click on ‘Save & Close’

So now you can view your Joomla 3.0 website from the frontend and you will see your offline message.  It should look similar to mine (image at the very top).  Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Elaine

 How to put Joomla 3.0 site offline

Elaine

Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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