Ability to close site to public/member access for maintenance procedures
We will need to export the entire membership list and purge many listings with undeliverable email addresses. It will then take a brief period of time to delete the existing list and upload the corrected one. Is there some sort of "Temporarily Closed for Maintenance -- Please Try Again in 15 Minutes" procedure for this?
WA replied "Unfortunately, we do not have this feature. For now, you would have to do this either at night or earlier in the morning. But this sounds like a good idea and I would suggest to add it to our Wishlist so other people could comment and vote for it." So here it is.
Another way to do this is to redirect your DNS to a placeholder website on a hosting provider. Turn off the DNS in Settings>Site>Domain Name temporarily. Then when done, turn on your A record back to the wild apricot IP address and reactivate Domain name in Wild Apricot.
It's not as easy as a feature, but it is possible provided you have a way to point to a directory on a web host like GoDaddy or 1and1.
It is a feature that is available in most modern CMS. Should be here too.
When making major changes to a website it would be very helpful to be able to take it offline for a relatively short period. Many large businesses do this and it is readily accepted by users, particularly if prior warning has been given.
Yes!! We need this feature!
Becky Parsons commented
Yes please add this feature!!!!
We will need to have our website down for an entire weekend while we upgrade our theme. I very much need the ability for a construction message and the ability to revise it in case the site will be down longer than anticipated.
This is something we don't have yet.
Chuck Pena commented
I suggested the following and was told to post it here. Build a temporary first page to open on entry into website but have a system command that will not allow navigation off of this page. The program already has a first page setting so that part is done. Problem I found since the suggestion. The program has a built in decision to always present expired members a renewal page (no ability to override). This would override the temporary setting of the whole website going to the maintenance page. I believe the solution to this problem is to eliminate all no control decisions by the program. I'm very new 30 days so maybe I miss understand these (no override situations).
Jackie Clark - ONZL commented
I would like this facility also. We are changing templates and changing the entire navigation structure, so would be good to have 'maintenance mode' page function like Wordpress does.
AdminFrank (Onboarding, Wild Apricot) commented
I suspect many more trial and new users would appreciate this, but they don't join our forums or know they can vote. Hopefully, we'll find a way to capture their input and give this feature more priority.
Thanks for the feedback everyone!
Yes please! Also useful. We will need to switch themes and install numerous customizations and would like to take the site down briefly to do so.
Currently it is not possible to suspend a site whilst major changes are being carried out; that is replace the site for a while with a 'site undergoing maintenance' message. This would be a useful feature to avoid user annoyance during major updates.
Would need to be effected by an administrator 'switch' to make site live or not, and 'maintenance message would need to be programmable.
All the best
Nancy Scanlan commented
Yes, I would like it also.We are still playing with the database, and it would be good to be able to prevent members from changing anything while we are tinkering with some fields.
Currently I am able to shut down on my Joomla site, and Apricot is integrated into the Joomla site through widgets. So I can shut down the main site and people can't get in that way. But because every so often people get bounced into the Apricot site (like if they are clicking a link in an email), I would like to be able to shut it down also, since I know there are aways those who will see the ahvma.info Apricot site at some time instead of ahvma.org, and go experimenting.
And this is one reason I am keeping the Joomla site instead of migrating everything to Apricot.
Yes, this would be useful. We are contemplating a change of theme for the entire site. Although this change is quick there will be a knock-on effect to all pages due to differing page sizes. It would be good to go offline while this is checked out and corrected.
Dmitry Buterin commented
Anyone else who would want this?
Please comment here.