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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.