Also when the account was started, some site presets options were displayed allowing you to choose a customization scheme for the site.
However, you can choose to not display any content and instead display a notice that your site is under construction.
Here are all four steps needed to show an Under Construction page to your visitors:
- Set the All Photographs Group to Private in Access Control
- Customize the Homepage and Apply the Directory Layout
- Edit the Options to Hide All Elements Except for the Welcome Message
- Edit the Welcome Message to Show 'Under Construction'
That is done by setting the All Photographs group to Private in its Access Control settings.
The All Photographs group is the top most group that contains all of your galleries and groups. You can go directly to the All Photographs group by clicking on Photos in menu across the top in the Dashboard.
That will load the All Photographs group in the main window of the Dashboard.
Go to Group Access in the Toolbox column on the right to edit the group's Access Control settings.
In the Access Control panel, set the group to Private.
Click here for more details on setting a group to Private.
The layouts are changed through Customize Website View.
In the Dashboard, hover your mouse pointer over Website then click on Customize Website.
The page will refresh with a new customization menu at the top, confirming that you are in the Customize Website View.
Once in Customize Website View, click on Layout.
The Layouts panel with all of the available layouts will then be displayed.
Scroll to the bottom and apply the Directory Centered layout.
Click here to for more details on how to go to Customize Website View and apply different layouts to the homepage.
Stay in Customize Website View for the next step.
While still in Customize Website View, go to Options.
In the Options panel, set all elements to Hide except for the Welcome Message. Make sure to also scroll down to hide all of the available elements.
Go to the Guestbook tab. Set the Guestbook to Hide.
Stay in the Options panel for the next step.
While in the Options panel, go to the Welcome Message tab.
Enter Under Construction into the welcome message field.
Click Publish to make the customization changes live on your site.
To verify the results, log out of your Zenfolio then go to your site. It should be a mostly empty page with just your site's Display Name and 'Under Construction' displayed on the page.
Check your Work
If you still see thumbnails of groups and galleries, it means that either the All Photographs group has not been set to Private or you have not logged out of your account.
You can go back to Customize Website View and customize your homepage and your site to your liking.
Continue to Work on your Site
The changes that you make in Customize Website View will not apply to your actual live site until you Publish the changes.
Once you have completed customizing your site, click Publish to apply the changes in Customize Website View.
Also make sure to go back to your All Photographs group and set the group to 'Public' in its Access Control panel instead of leaving it set to Private. That way your site visitors will be able to view your images and search engines will be able to index your site.
Click here to see how to edit the Access Control setting of a group.