As soon as you create your Drupal Gardens website, by default your website is visible to site visitors and search engines. Any and all changes you make to your website are visible online unless you enable maintenance mode.
Best practices are to keep your website offline until you're ready to launch your website. Drupal's maintenance mode exists for when you need to keep your website private and offline for non-authorized visitors before it is ready to launch, or later when you add new features or make other changes.
Configuring maintenance mode
To enable maintenance mode for your website:
- Go to Configuration > Maintenance mode.
- Select the Put site into maintenance mode check box.
- Edit the Maintenance mode message that Drupal Gardens displays to site visitors while your site is offline.
- Click Save configuration.
While in maintenance mode, the site maintainer (the user who created the site) and any other users with the Administrator user role and/or the Use the site in maintenance mode permission will be able to access and modify your site as usual.
Your website displays the maintenance message for all other site visitors, including anonymous site visitors and search engines.
Disabling maintenance mode
To put your site back online, deselect the Put site into maintenance mode check box on the Maintenance mode page, and then click Save configuration.
Providing access to other users
To give other users access to your site without giving them full access of the Administrator role:
- Create a new user role (such as
- Assign permissions to the role as needed, including the Use the site in maintenance mode permission.
- Add the new role to the tester users it by editing their profile page.