An elegant “under construction” solution

I am currently working on a website for journalist David Sax, who wrote the great book Save the Deli.

David is taking his time creating the exact look and feel for his new website. In the meantime he wanted to have an “under construction” sign that didn’t look, well, lame.

Luckily those clever chaps at Elegant Themes have a neat solution.

The Anticipate template very cleverly sits as a placeholder on your website. It’s actually a plugin so you can add a regular template and work on it and be able to see previews of it while you’re logged in as an Administrator while the Anticipate template is visible to the rest of the world.

You are able to include links to Twitter, Facebook and your RSS feed as well as an email form to capture new visitors while you build your site. And the counter at the top gives folks an idea of when your site will go live.  Neat, no?

Often, especially if I am revamping a previous incarnation of a website, clients are worried that a visitor will be put off by the half-baked version of their new website if they happen to stumble upon it. Here is an elegant solution from my favourite template company.

Marilla Wex is the founder and owner of Wex Sites.