Newsletter components are supported (currently AcyMailing and jNews), so visitors could leave their email to get news about the website.
It is possible to exclude IP addresses, specify the date and time when the site should go online, or specify secret URL parameter to display the site.
Instead if built-in coming soon page could be displayed any other HTML or PHP file.
Since version 2.0.0 Google Analytics code could be included in the Coming soon page.
Since version 2.0.1 links to social networks profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube) could be included in the Coming soon page.
Since version 2.0.2 jNews is supported.
Since version 2.5.0 Joomla 3.0 is supported and Joomla 1.5 support is dropped. If you still use Joomla 1.5, download version 2.0.x
Really easy to set up, even for a newby like me. Activate module, click to configure plugin, assign live date, point background and logo, add some custom text - job done. You can even create a totally bespoke page and css - better than most commercial ones.
This worked in 5 seconds. Installed it. Enabled the plugin.
Choose a "Get" word and then the site is hidden to everyone except those who know the "Get" word. Can have multiple Get words for different people. Or can use a static ip as access to the development site. These are just a few of the features. You can have a custom HTML page -- but I chose the default page.
I'm using the plug-in for 'Under Maintenance' rather than 'Coming Soon' but it works just as well with a little bit of configuration, had something up and running, including installation, within 5 minutes and makes my site look very professional - so much better than the 'built-in' option!
The only thing I found a problem with (and it's NOT a major one!) is that HTML codes () are not supported in the 'Text' box in the 'Display Settings' tab (or i couldn't get them to work) so any text you enter is all on one line.
thank you for your review. Even, there is not allowed HTML in the text, still you can use plugin codes there, so you can include for example code to load article, where you can have already any HTML.
1 - I think Joomla should make this a standard!
2 - I am going to use this in every new website in the future.
3 - I had a little issue with my server, because they did not had the correct time.
4 - I emailed Pavel and he gave me a quick respons explaining me.
5 - What can I say; Thanks for the free plugin and quick support! :-)
Personally, I think Joomla! should use this as a built in option to Joomla. I tried using the fairly new option in global configuration for offline installs but it didnt look anywhere nearly as nice as the Coming Soon extension.
Thank you Pavel for a great extension and the great support. A rare thing to see with a non-commercial version.