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What is the best way to redesign a site without affecting the current site?

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Typically redesigning a live site is tricky unless you want to hide your current website behind a lockscreen whilst you're working.

You can certainly start a new trial (or duplicate your current website) and work on that, then move your domain (generally pretty quick and easy). You'll have to move your subscription (which involves re-purchasing and cancelling for a refund which will need to be initiated by Squarespace Support). Note that fi you go this route, you may loose parts of the website settings, including Squarespace's analytics  (not a problem if you use Google Analytics). So it's worth reading up and considering your options. 

A slight variation would be to duplicate your website, purchase a month subscription, move your domain to the duplicate, and work on redesigning the original website.

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I am making some changes on my selling pages and want to know how to temporarily disable website until the changes are completed. If someone clicks on the url I want a message to read..."Revisions are in progress...this site is temporarily unavailable for viewing until complete. Please check back on March 30, 2023."

Is this possible?

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The easiest way to do that is to create a new page, put your revision message on that, and make it your home page. Also, you can drag all the other pages to the unlinked section of your site and they will not appear on the Nav bar of the new page, which should also be in the unlinked section of your site. If you have a business plan you can put this in the code injection header of the new page and remove the header and footer, and there will be no nav bar to worry about. If you don't have a business plan then remove the style and put the code in custom CSS but this will remove the header and footer for all your pages. 

<style>
.header, #footer-sections {
display:none !important;
}
</style>

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