When you have a problem and you need to take down your site

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OK, at the moment, I am having problems with navigation on my site. I think it is because I have a lot of text links that link to URLS on my old domain which is now non-existent. I made a "site down" thing on my "My Yola" page:
I have the (down) site unpublished whilst the other is published, and when I want to take the site down, I unpublish the main site, and publish the (down) site, which is t he plain white template with no navigation bar or heading, just some text say that the site is down, saying why, and apologising. When I am ready to replublish my main site, I unpublish my down site and publish my main site.

Both sites in all cases are published to my custom domain therecipebook.org. As far as I know, you can't do this is you have a .yolasite.com domain.

I have a google apps account, and because I used the CNAME thing, I can take down my site any time and it will still not affect my apps account.

This is the message I had on my (down) site at the time of writing:
The recipe book is currently down due to navigation problems, meaning that is impossible to navigate around the site. I am working with my site host to resolve this problem as quickly as I can.

The forum is still available for use. Simply follow this link.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

I hope this can help anyone who doesn't want to face the embarrassing situation where you have a site, realise there is a problem which is more than a quick fix and making visitors work out that the site doesn't work. I think that having a site completly empty save for an apology is better than giving visitors a site that they can't look around because of a mess up.
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Laura Thomas

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Really interesting idea Will, thanks for sharing it. Yolasite subdomain users could try your technique but they do take the risk that they could lose their subdomain in the process of unpublishing and republishing their "down" site. It's not likely but it is possible.


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I aacidently deleted my profile. How can i take down my site now :( :(
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Hello Hanzel

I've replied to your question on your two other posts.