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Turn your Joomla site offline

This tutorial will show you how to turn your Joomla site offline

Setting the site to offline allows only administrators to access it. This is useful for editing the site when you don’t want other people to see it

1) Click Site


2) Then Global Configuration

3) Next to Site Offline, click Yes


At this point, you can also edit your offline message which will be displayed to the user on the login page

4) Click Save

Now that our site is offline, only administrators will be able to log in. Let’s go to our site

5) Click Preview


This is the page that will be displayed with your site logo, name and offline message


Let’s log in as administrator

6) Type your username


7) Enter your password


8) Check Remember Me if you would like to be logged in automatically from now on


9) Click Login

You can now browse your site and make any necessary changes


When you are finished, make sure to enable your site again. Let’s do that now

Return to your admin panel

10) Go to the Global Configuration options


11) Click No next to Site Offline


12) Click Save

That’s it! You now know how to set your site to offline mode in Joomla