Taking your site live

Illustration of laptop with rocket flying out of the screen.
Launching a new website is one of the most exciting aspects of web building projects!

Congratulations on creating your website! Now it’s time to make your site public. 

By default, all Elementor cloud websites are kept private. To make the website fully public and discoverable on search engines, you’ll have to change your Site Lock options.

In this article, we’ll give you step-by-step instructions on how to turn OFF the Site Lock and how to turn ON search engine discovery for your website.

Let’s get started!

How do I turn OFF Site Lock?

Site Lock secures your website using a PIN and temporarily prevents search engines like Google from discovering your site. 

Here is an example of what Site Lock shows your website visitors.

Screenshot of the site lock requesting a pin code to enable users to view the site.

You can remove the Site Lock via your:

  • Elementor Dashboard
  • WordPress Dashboard

How to remove Site Lock using the Elementor dashboard

  1. Go to the Elementor Dashboard
    Screenshot of Elementor Dashboard.
    Elementor Dashboard lists all your website subscriptions at one place.

  2. Hover over the website to see the available options. 
  3. Select Manage this website. You will now see the website’s details.
    Screenshot of the Elementor website settings window.
    The Elementor website settings window allows you to easily manage your site from one dashboard.

  4. Scroll down on the webpage and you will see Site Lock settings.
  5. Slide the toggle button and click Unlock Site to disable Site Lock. In a few seconds, the toggle on the right will switch to OFF.
     

How to remove Site Lock using the WordPress dashboard

  1. Visit the Elementor Dashboard to list all your websites. 
  2. Move your mouse over the website to see the available options. 
  3. Select Open WordPress Dashboard. In the WordPress Dashboard, you will see Site Lock mode status in the green font on the upper left.
    Screenshot of the WordPress dashboard.
    Manage website settings from the WordPress dashboard.

  4. Select the green text to change the setting of Site Lock mode. 
    Screenshot of the WordPress dashboard.
    Manage website settings from the WordPress dashboard.

  5. Scroll down and you will see Site Lock settings.
    Screenshot of Site Lock settings in the Elementor Dashboard.
    Slide the Site Lock toggle to turn off Site Lock.

     
  6. Slide the toggle button and click Unlock Site to disable Site Lock. This will take a few seconds to update.
    Screenshot of Elementor Site Unlock Prompt.
    Unlock Site will allow visitors and search engines access to your site.

How to increase visibility 

To improve your visibility, make the following changes to your website’s settings:

  1. Navigate to the WordPress Dashboard. 
  2. Open Settings. 
  3. Click Reading Settings. 
  4. Uncheck the discourage search engines from indexing this site option.
The Settings>Reading menu on the WordPress dashboard
Make your site visible to search engines.

Your pages are now visible to search engines! 

Final thoughts 

Launching your website is the first step in building up your visitor base. Learn How to Optimize your Elementor website for best practices on building your base. Next up, read about how Elementor integrates with Yoast SEO in Introducing Yoast SEO and Elementor Integration. To get the most out of Elementor, check out the Elementor Academy for helpful learning resources. If you come across any issues or need help, please contact our Support Center.

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