How to Set Up a Coming Soon Page (New Templates Set)

You bought your domain name, set up a hosting account and installed WordPress. Technically, you have a website... but you don't have any of the actual content ready yet.

Luckily, while you're working on getting that conversion focused website up and running you can already start collecting leads.

Let me show you how to do this with the new "Coming Soon" landing pages included in Thrive Architect.

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The Coming Soon Landing Page Set

Thrive Architect comes with a library of over 200 landing pages and this includes  a brand new set of coming soon pages.

The Coming Soon Landing Page Set Includes 12 Different Designs

In the Coming Soon Set, you'll find 12 different designs that will allow you to publish a good looking announcement page in seconds.

Crucially, the templates include a lead generation form. That means you can start collecting leads even if your full site isn't ready yet! You'll be able to put your URL on your business cards or on your social media profiles without being ashamed of people arriving on an "under construction" website.

How to Set Up a Coming Soon Homepage

A coming soon landing page is simply a page that replaces your normal homepage until that one is ready to go live.

The coming soon page doesn't have any links on it, so your visitors won't find the parts of your site that are still under construction. This lets you take all the time you need to get your website set up perfectly.

Getting this page up and running on your site is super easy:

  • Install Thrive Architect (if you haven't already)
  • Create a new page and call this page Coming Soon, then click on the "Edit with Thrive Architect" button.
  • Click on "Page Setup" and on "Choose a Landing Page Template".
  • Search for the page set called "Coming Soon" and pick the design you like.
  •  Customize the page and connect the lead generation element with your email service through API.
  • Save the page in Thrive Architect, Publish the page from within the WordPress editor.
  • In the WordPress dashboard go to "Settings" > "Reading" and select "Static Page". In the drop down menu, select the page called "Coming Soon".
  • If you don't want your pages to be indexed by search engines while working on your site tick the box "Discourage search engines from indexing this site". Don't forget to change this setting again when your site is ready!
  • That's it, you now have a coming soon page as your homepage :)

Need Help Setting Up Your Complete Website?

Now that you have a coming soon page on your site, it's time to work on that shiny conversion focused website of yours.

If you're not sure where to start, we have a 10-part video course in Thrive University that will guide you from blank WordPress install to complete conversion focused website.

If you haven't already, create your free Thrive University account and start creating your site today:

Over to You...

Any questions? Please let me know in the comments below!

Author: Hanne Vervaeck

Hanne knows exactly what companies have ever retargeted her (she keeps an updated file). And when she’s not busy discussing high-level funnel design over cocktails with the equally geeky, you’ll find her discovering a place for the first time

  • Greg Wilson says:

    These are Fantastic. Keep up the great work. What do you think about a set of pages for Maintenance or site being upgraded and so on?

    • Hanne says:

      Hi Greg,

      Some of these pages could very easily be adapted for that! Simply change the text a little and you’re good to go

  • Joeri says:

    Thanks for the new set of landingpages but frankly I never bother with these since the traffic is so low on a new website I don’t think it’s worth the effort unless it might take you some time to get your site up and running.

    • Hanne says:

      Hi Joeri,
      It all depends on how long you’re in coming soon mode and where you already advertise your site :)
      If you can get your website up and running in a few days, a coming soon page is probably not necessary. But if you need weeks and you already want to connect your site to social media profiles or put it on your business cards, having a coming soon page is much better than a half finished website!

      • Jonah J says:

        Thanks Hanna. Couldn’t agree more.

        From my perspective of creating multiple interconnecting sites that are specifically geared to building my audience from locations where they play and socialise rather than where they are buying from, having a coming soon page is essential……and from a newbies perspective takes a little bit of that self imposed ‘pressure to perform’ and therefore more likely to actually move forward and get something up and running.

        These coming soon page options allow me to set and forget multiple related ‘none selling’ sites with a coming soon style page on each of them that are collecting valuable email addresses of my target audience for future sales.

        If that doesn’t make any sense then let me put it like this:-

        If I was selling skiing equipment then I would possibly set up 3 sites that attract skiers but don’t actually sell them anything.

        They opt in for the social aspects related to skiing, which they are much more likely to do than if they first see a sales page.

        All business owners and marketers should know where their audience plays and what social habits they have. That is where quality audience come from.

        These ‘none selling’ sites are then being fed via social media.

        In doing this I build a list of highly targeted people, whilst in the meantime also building my main site that does sell ski related equipment to those people at a later date.

        You just need to research where your respective audiences are playing and socialising and attract them using none sales methods. Be human. Play. Socialise.

        Far too many people jump straight to the sales and wonder why it takes so long to get them. If you already have an audience waiting in the background then sales begin far sooner once your site is launched, which is great for your confidence.

        It pays to be patient in the knowledge that the audience is being built and the sales will come rather than being frustrated when you launch to crickets and the sales take forever to materialise.

        Do the grunt work for the payoff. It’s much more rewarding and beneficial.

      • Hanne says:

        Thanks for sharing Jonah.
        Indeed it’s great to have a list of targeted prospects before starting to sell anything!

      • Jonah J says:

        Thanks Hanne. For me, finding the audience to build a list with isn’t an issue. It’s the technical aspects of setting it up that i struggle with and is why i’m here.

      • Razz Khan says:

        Hi Hanne
        I couldn’t agree more. I have found that majority of my clients in their excitement to start a new venture already have business cards made up. I have had to use static ‘coming soon’ html pages and then redirect the domain once the site is ready. Your way is so much better! I now don’t need to leave WordPress and can impress clients by creating a coming soon page within minutes. Great stuff (as always).

      • Hanne says:

        Happy to hear this will help you Razz!

  • Papis says:

    I can’t remember but does thrive have a coming soon option that enables the coming soon page for viewers and the actual site for logged in users…without installing a 3rd party plugin?

  • David says:

    Good work, thank you!

    Question: When comes the new Thrive “Theme”?

    Best regards,

    David

  • Geoff says:

    Hi Hanne

    The new pages are a brilliant development and will be every useful.
    Many thanks.

    Best wishes

    Geoff

  • David M says:

    Hi Hanne – great work by the team, and clear instructions in the video. Thank you.

    Any chance that you & Shane can get together an in-depth post for creating a staging site or ‘sandbox’ which sets out how to move forward *in detail*. The existing information here:
    https://thrivethemes.com/tkb_item/how-to-create-a-wordpress-staging-environment/
    does not walk us through the process.

    I’ve been fiddling with the site live and prefer a more stable solution. It’s possible I’m not the only one doing this. Anybody else editing/building on a live site? Add your comment, please.

    • Hanne says:

      Hi David,

      Thanks for the suggestion. I’m not sure I would be able to make that tutorial though… I always create sites live :)

  • Al H says:

    A great addition. When the site is live, homepage done but we are adding some important internal pages, it looks like these templates would be good to use as well.
    In that case I wouldn’t change the wp setting for homepage, but might indicate the page topic on the coming soon pages. Does this seem like a good idea so visitors can see topics or services that will be coming soon?
    Then if they are interested we could notify them when those pages are published. We would connect the email service and add a notification email to those tagged as interested, and even those already on our list.

    • Hanne says:

      It totally is Al.
      We do this with sales pages all the time. It allows to be able to start linking to the page even when the sales page isn’t up and running yet.
      The way to do this is to:
      1. Create the URL you want (eg. thrivethemes.com/architect)
      2. Load a coming soon landing page on this page.
      3. Create your “real” page behind the scenes as a draft
      4. When you’re ready, change the permalink URL of the coming soon page to something different (eg /coming-soon) and change the permalink of the “real” page to the original URL.
      5. Unpublish the coming soon page

      Et voilà. That’s how to use the coming soon page as a replacement of an internal page on your site :D

      • Al H says:

        Thanks, Hanne. These “coming soon” pages come at the perfect time as we are revising a lot of the content on our site as well as adding new pages since we’ve changed directions somewhat.
        My partner and I are really loving working with Architect too.

  • Steve says:

    Great article, well explained, and an easy to implement solution.

    I have a question, can you recommend a thrive theme that would be good to use as a fiction book author?

    Thanks.

  • David E says:

    Great timing. I was investigating how to create one yesterday and here it is today!

  • Carlos says:

    Hi,

    We when will be released the A/B testing feature?

    Look forward to hearing from you,

    Carlos

  • Manfred Zechmeister says:

    Thanks, it’s a wonderful help for me as a beginner of starting my website.
    Best regards,
    Manfred

  • maryschurr says:

    Thank you! Very helpful to a Newbie!

  • Nenad S says:

    Hi Hanne,

    Somehow, when I choose the coming soon page, nothing happens!

    It’s just a default empty page with the sidebar.

    I tried to select blank page, landing page from the wp editor, but it is still the same.

    Any solution for this, please?

    • Hanne says:

      Hi Nenad,

      Please follow the instructions in the video :)

      1. Create a page and save as draft
      2. Edit the page with Thrive Architect
      3. Go to page setup
      4. Pick “Choose landing page template”
      5. Now you’ll see the library of templates and you’ll be able to select the coming soon set.

      • Nenad S says:

        Hi Hanne,
        Thanks for the prompt reply!
        The problem was with my caching plugin. I did resolve this issue, it was nothing to do with Thrive architect.
        All the best to you and to the whole team, which is the best by the way!

  • Frank says:

    Maybe you can create a “SOLD OUT!” page to add to the coming soon templates where once I’ve sold out an event and before I’ve scheduled the next one – I can collect peoples emails who want to know when the next event/webinar/speaking… is being held.

  • Simon P says:

    Uncanny! I decided yesterday to update my site and was looking at the more commonly available ‘Coming Soon’ plugins to use when I just opened Thrive and suddenly spotted these new templates – and then at the end of the same day you send this video, Hanne! Spooky!! But awesome!

  • George says:

    Can we integrate our (shopify-woocomerce) store with thrive themes?

    • Hanne says:

      Hi George, you can use Thrive Architect to build your pages and insert WoorCommerce or Shopify WordPress short codes, but we do not have a deep integration.

  • Ralph J says:

    beautiful!!! next can you help us with a new plugin to customize our woocommerce checkout pages or even upsell funnels

  • Ramesh says:

    than Thanks Hanne, great tutorial. Never really thought about collecting leads this way, very interesting. Templates are great : )

  • David C says:

    Hello Hanne,

    I want say, “thank you and I love the new coming soon templates” and as always, you are correct, they are super easy to set up.

    And fantastic job on the video and your English has improved wonderfully. Keep up the good work and know we ( my wife and I) are big fans of your tutorials.

    Have a wonderful day and God bless.

  • Margherita says:

    A gift from heaven. Thank you!

  • Sweet!

    Thank you so much. Starting the year like this certainly makes me happy.

  • Lee Whistler says:

    You guys seem to lead the
    WP hit parade every month with great new performances. Nice.

  • Jonah J says:

    Thank you Hanne. These templates are another great addition and a good starting point for me. I’d like to see you expand on these template sets as time goes on if possible.

    Without yet having the necessary skills or design flare, I often struggle to see the wood for the trees. I can visualise them but can’t quite put the pieces together yet.

    My particular audience is currently growing on social media only but they can be segmented into 4 different categories once I start directing them to my site and ideally I’d want to carry out that segmentation as early as possible in my funnel…….starting at the coming soon page.

    My coming soon landing page is going to be the first experience my audience will have of my site, so placing 4 separate opt-in buttons is going to do that segmenting for me. I hope!

    Most landing pages are designed with a single visitor in mind, have one call to action or offer and ask that visitor to take just one action with no distractions. This makes perfect sense.

    However I am targeting an audience who, although can be grouped as one audience, they in fact have very differing individual requirements:-

    As an example:- A football/soccer team has eleven players. Yet they each receive different coaching lessons due to the positions they play in, Goalkeeper – Defender – Midfielder – Striker.

    So if I was targeting football players and offering coaching I would need to segment them as soon as possible into 4 different funnels for – Goalkeeper – Defender – Midfielder – Striker.

    The current coming soon template set doesn’t really allow for this scenario of early segmentation, or I can’t see how to do that using them, so I have managed to play around with one of the ‘Email Confirmation Templates’ to get it to act as required, ….i.e. I’ve altered the column elements horizontally from 3 to 4, changed the text to suit my requirements and made a few more alterations.

    I now have 4 content box areas placed side by side horizontally that are headed – Goalkeeper – Defender – Midfielder – Striker and each with its own button……..The page is thin so no fold to scroll passed.

    My visitors are simply asked to select one category that best describes them from – Goalkeeper – Defender – Midfielder – Striker That’s as far as I’ve got but I got there in about 20 minutes, which i am elated about.

    My next intention is to either direct each of these to their own specific ‘page’ or through an ’email sequence’ (undecided) that contains further ‘beneficial’ information relevant to them only.

    They are then lead to opt-in to my actual offer/service and are subsequently channelled through a funnel that is specific to them.

    This seems to be the right way to do this but do I have this process correct?

    Is this far-fetched? Is this over the top? Am I over egging this process?

    Is it ok to alter a Thrive ‘Email Confirmation Template’ to behave as a ‘coming soon landing page’?

    Does anyone else have great ideas but struggle with putting it together? Might be an age related thing.

    How would you suggest I could do this better or which combination of page templates should I be using?

  • Robert says:

    Thanks for the tip. Have a Coming Soon page now. I did not see how to set-up the twitter/FB links…

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