Create a temporary one page site

Also known as a landing page or an under-construction page, a one-page site is the perfect solution for a temporary place holder. The site tells visitors that your real site is coming soon, and lists any important information. Typically, you will include contact and order information useful for offline contact (i.e. phone number, mailing address, email).

Create a Temporary Page

The easiest option is to use the File Manager found in your control panel. While these instructions are for Shared and Reseller accounts, similar steps can be used with any type of hosting.

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Click on the File Manager icon.
  3. On the pop-up, choose to go to the Web Root (public_html/www) folder.
  4. Hit the Go button.
  5. Go to the top menu on the page and click the New File icon.
  6. For the new file name, type "index.html" (without the quotation marks)
  7. Click the Create New File button.
  8. Look for the new file you created in the main list
  9. Right click the icon for index.html and choose the HTML Edit option from the drop down.
    html edit

The page that appears will allow you to have a WYSIWYG editor which makes web design seem simple.

To remove the page, delete the file that was created in the previous steps. The file can also be replaced with a new version with the same file name instead.

Add Images to the Temporary Page

Tip: To insert images onto your page, you must upload them to the public_html directory first.

To add images to your WYSIWYG page:

  1. Login to cPanel.
  2. Click on the File Manager icon.
  3. On the pop-up, choose to go to the Web Root (public_html/www) folder.
  4. Hit the Go button.
  5. Go to the top menu on the page and click the Upload icon.
  6. On the new window, click the Browse button to locate the images on the local machine.
  7. Double click the image when found, and wait for the blue bar to reach 100% Complete.
  8. Click the Back to /home/your-user-name/public_html link. The image file will now appear along with your index.html file.
  9. Go back to the HTML Edit tool.
  10. Click the Image icon.

    html image
  11. A popup box will appear with options for managing the image you wish to include. Please click Browse Server to select an image stored on the server:

    add image
  12. A new window will popup. Use the navigation menus to browse to the location where the image you wish to use is saved, then double click the image file :

    add image
  13. You will be returned to the orginal popup box. From here you may select options such as to change the dimensions of the image. When you are done selecting additional options for your image, please click Ok:

    add image
  14. Go to the top left of the editor and click the Save icon.
  15. Go preview your site. Make changes as needed.
Note: This does require your domain to have the HostGator name servers we provided in a New Account email. After you change your name servers, it can take up to 48 hours to see your new site.