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From time to time you may need to perform maintenance on your website, whether that's updating the content, adding new products or even changing the theme or updating some of the CSS or HTML settings inside of your theme. When you're doing things like this it's best to do what's called Maintenance Mode on your site and what that does is basically put your site in a state of suspension so that no one actually sees it while you're working on it. And so in order to put your site into maintenance mode, what you'll do is navigate your Dashboard, which where I am at here, then you can go to System and navigate down to Configuration.
Once you get into the Configuration screen, you'll notice right here under General there is a Maintenance Mode tab and when you click on that, you can open up the Maintenance Mode options. So do you Enable Maintenance Mode? Yes. If so, which Page you want this to go to? So if I wanted Maintenance Mode for instance, I might create a page for Maintenance Mode, so would go to CMS > Pages > Manage Content and I would go Create a Page. If you'd like more information about creating pages you can go back to Chapter 4 of this course and check out the movie on creating pages, but you'd just pick the page that you want here, so let just say I wanted to go to the Home page, I could just select Home page from this list and I could also give a Whitelist of specified IP addresses that are unaffected by this.
My IP address for instance, I would want to Whitelist that so that I could see the store as I'm building it, and then you'd click Save Config, and basically what would happen is while the site is in Maintenance Mode, no one would be able to access it unless they're on this Whitelist. They would just be redirected to whatever page you specify here. Once you're finished making your updates to this site, you would come back to the same place, set this to No, and then choose Save Config. That way, once you've saved that, the website is back to functioning normally and when people try to access it, they won't be restricted to just that page anymore.
Put your site into Maintenance Mode when you're making big behind-the-scenes changes, either refreshing your inventory, adding new products, changing the theme or whatever it is that you might be doing. Maintenance Mode is a great way to keep your site online while still hiding what's going on behind the scenes.
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