Previewing a Store Before Launch

All BigCommerce stores are set to private when first created. This keeps search engines from finding and listing your store in search results while it is still in development and prevents the public from browsing your store before it is ready to launch. You can preview your store or allow others to do so.

If you're interested in previewing a premium theme with your products, check out The BigCommerce Theme Marketplace.

 

What if I've launched my store already? Stores that have already launched can be placed in maintenance mode, allowing you to make updates and preview your changes before making them public.

Previewing for Store Owners and Administrators

If you are logged into your control panel, you can click View Store link in the upper left corner of the control panel.

View Store

Your storefront will load with a maintenance notice displayed in the upper left corner of the page. The notice can be moved, but not dismissed.

"Your store is not launched" notice message

Allowing Others to Preview Your Store before Launch

You can provide others access to preview your unlaunched store by providing them with a preview code. Note that you must be logged in as the Store Owner in order to view the preview code.

To locate your preview code, go to the Dashboard and scroll to the Review & test your store section. The preview code will be a string of alphanumeric characters.

Launch store section in Getting Started

When a visitor goes to your homepage they will see a "coming soon" page with a field to enter your store's preview code. Submitting the store's preview code will give your visitor access to view the store.

Coming soon message displayed on the homepage before store launch

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