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Designing “Coming Soon” Pages

Deciding what to do once you’ve purchased a domain but haven’t yet launched the website is always a bit of a conundrum. Leaving up your domain registrar or Web host’s generic page seems unprofessional, especially if you’re trying to drum up advance press for your new project. At the same time, you don’t want to spend too much time on a temporary page when you really should be working on the website itself.

The best thing to do is create a simple “Coming soon” page to notify visitors of what will eventually be there. Good “Coming soon” pages come in two basic varieties: the informational design, which simply tells visitors what will be there after launch; and the page that invites early visitors to sign up for updates or even to request a beta (or alpha) invitation. Below are some great examples of each, followed by some best practices for creating your own “Coming soon” page. You definitely won’t see among these the generic “Under construction” page (with the cute construction graphic) that used to litter the Web.

1. Tips On Designing A Good “Coming Soon” Page Link

Here are some best practices and tips to keep in mind when designing your own “Coming soon” pages, as well as examples.

Tell Us What to Expect Link

When someone lands on your “Coming soon” page, they should get an idea of what your website will be about and why it might be useful to them. This is especially important if you’re asking visitors to sign up for updates or to check back regularly. If we can’t tell what the website is for, why would we bother coming back?

Give us at least some indication of the website’s purpose. This doesn’t mean you have to spell out everything the website will offer; rather, hint that it’s something we might be interested in. For example, if you will be offering a time management app specifically for Web designers, you might say that the website will help streamline the workflow of Web designers. It gives a taste of what the website will do, while maintaining some mystery.

KISSmetrics1
KISSmetrics provides a ton of information on its “Coming soon” page, including a form to sign up for updates and a blog to keep abreast of new developments. It’s a great example of a “Coming soon” page that keeps visitors informed and gets them excited about the pending launch.

KISSmetrics2

Birdboxx3
Birdboxx gives a basic explanation of the services it will provide when the website launches.

Birdboxx4

Anipals
Anipals gives plenty of information on the website’s features without giving away too much.

Anipals

Novalistic5
This “Coming soon” page explains what the new page will be about, when it will be released and also allows its visitors to sign up for the future updates.

Novalistic6

Should You Provide Updates? Link

Letting visitors sign up by email to be notified on the website’s launch can be a useful marketing tool. If you don’t offer this feature, by the time your website does launch, those visitors may have forgotten about you. Of course, how often you send out an update is entirely up to you. Some websites send out an announcement only when the website has actually launched. Others send out regular updates on the progress of website’s development.

If you’re trying to build advance buzz around your website’s launch (which, in all likelihood, you are), then sending updates on a semi-regular basis could go a long way to building your website’s credibility and name recognition. If you send an update every week or two, your prospects likely won’t forget about you. Just indicate on the sign-up page that updates will be sent that often, to avoid being labeled a spammer.

You have a couple of alternatives to the standard email sign-up form, though. One is to run a blog that keeps visitors updated on your progress. This is most commonly done for Web apps, with the blog offering regular updates on development. Another common method is to use a Twitter7 account to keep prospective users updated. Just make sure that the link on your page to your Twitter account is prominent.

MyNiteLife
MyNiteLife lets visitors sign up for updates via email.

My Nite Life

DesignSvn8
DesignSvn gives visitors the option to sign up for updates via email or to follow it on Twitter.

DesignSvn9

Remindness10
Remindness lets visitors sign up for email updates.

Remindness11

Brand Your “Coming Soon” Page Link

If you already have a logo, a basic design or color scheme and font picked out, include them on your landing page to start building the brand in your visitors’ minds. Advance branding sets your website apart from your competitors and generally doesn’t cost any more to implement or take additional time. Even something as simple as using your website’s eventual font or color scheme can make you much more recognizable to future visitors. When your website finally does launch, it will have an air of familiarity to your visitors.

Fontdeck12
Fontdeck includes its logo and what will presumably be the website’s color scheme on its “Coming soon” page.

FontDeck13

Silverback
Silverback used the gorilla cartoon and basic design theme of its website on this “Coming soon” page.

Silverback

Foundation Six
Foundation Six uses what will presumably end up as its logo and color scheme.

Foundation Six Web Design Studio

Create Some Intrigue Link

The point of your “Coming soon” page is to get people to talk about, and come back to, your website. Even if you want to give some information on what the website will be about, creating some mystery around the launch is helpful. Curiosity is a great motivator and may get more people to sign up for updates. It also gets people talking, because visitors will ask their friends if they have any new information about the pending launch. Advance buzz can bolster your launch traffic and even attract media attention.

Better Blogger14
Better Blogger gives us a basic idea of what its web site will be about without giving away too much.

Better Blogger15

Good Morning
Good Morning gives away virtually no information about what the app might do, but the name suggests that it might be related to time management or productivity.

Good Morning

uoOo16
uoOo seems to be somehow related to video, but it doesn’t give us any more information than that.

uoOo TV17

Remember SEO Link

While a “Coming soon” page won’t likely make a big difference in your search engine ranking, that’s no reason not to optimize it for search engines. Use keywords and proper meta tags, and encourage those linking to your website to use good anchor text. And if you use good SEO practices to begin with, you won’t be penalized by search engines (and might even gain some decent credibility among search engines), meaning that when your website does launch, its search engine ranking will climb that much faster.

2. Informational Designs Link

Informational designs do what you would expect: inform early visitors about the current and future status of your domain. This design can be very simple, with just a name and text like “Coming soon,” or it might go more in depth. In either case, it is usually a single page, sometimes with an additional information page. In some cases, it also includes the owner’s contact information.

Boagworld
A great design with basic information about the return of a well-known podcast.

Boagworld

FiveSecondProjects18
This website takes a slightly different approach, providing a link to a video with more information.

FiveSecondProjects19

After Some Words20
A unique “Coming soon” page that links to the website’s MySpace page.

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Holey Coww22
This page include a quite lengthy introduction to the site as well as links to Twitter and Facebook.

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Zombie Corp
Another very simple “Coming soon” page, with contact info of the owners.

Zombie Corp

Moses Mehraban24
A simple page that gives information about the website owner’s current business activities.

25

Leaf Ordinary26
A minimalist page with a link to more information.

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I heart spaceships28
A fun page that includes contact information for the website’s developers.

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Smart Pixel
A very minimalist page design, but with a fun twist.

Human Binary
Another really fun page design that gives plenty of information on what the website will eventually hold.

fcukstar30
A more advanced page that includes a link to a website preview and pricing information.

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Zenbou
Another very minimalist design that includes plenty of hints on what the upcoming website will include, as well as a link to the Twitter feed.

Shabith Ishan32
A very well-designed page, with links to various social media feeds.

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3. Page To Receive Updates Or Request Invitation Link

These pages allow visitors to sign up for updates or receive an invitation to a beta or alpha test. They’re especially popular for online apps, but other websites use them as well. Sign-up forms are generally short, with a field for an email address and maybe one for a name. The page often includes some information about the website, too, though emphasis is kept on signing up for updates.

FavMovie34
The title gives sufficient information on what the website will feature, and the sign-up form is simple.

FavMovie!35

Statnip36
A simple page with a single-line sign-up form for receiving updates.

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ClockMeIn38
A basic page that includes a single-line form for requesting an invite.

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Bontq40
A simple and clean “Coming Soon”-page with a newsletter web form.

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investobiz42
This page gives some basic information as well as a single-line form to sign up for the newsletter.

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PackageTrail
A unique page design that includes a single-line form to request a beta invitation.

Addressful
A “Coming soon” page that includes both informational and beta invitation request elements.

Hello Human Icons Icon Collection One44
This website offers information on the upcoming launch and invites visitors to sign up for updates with just their email address.

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The Upstate Design Collective46
Another page that incorporates both informational and sign-up elements, plus a link to the group’s Twitter feed.

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MealNation48
A slightly longer update sign-up form.

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Hosteeo
A basic sign-up form that includes a teaser to generate more interest.

Gigdom50
An informational page that includes a beta test registration link.

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ClassOwl52
A simple two-field sign-up form to get updates.

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ChkChkBoom
A “Coming soon” page that lets visitors choose between updates via RSS and email.

SCIPLEX54
A very simple page, with a couple of lines on what’s coming and a one-field sign-up form.

Sciplex55

Inhouse Grind
A simple page with basic information and a one-field sign-up form.

Inhouse Grind

Zipliner56
Another very simple form that lets you sign up for a beta invitation.

Zipliner57

Designatr58
A graphically bold page with a simple sign-up form and basic information about the website’s purpose.

Designatr59

Further Resources Link

  • 27 Cool “Coming soon” Page Designs
    A great round-up of “Coming soon” pages from 2008 and earlier.
  • 25 Best “Coming soon” Pages
    Another excellent round-up of “Coming soon” page designs.
  • LaunchSoon Gallery
    An extensive gallery of “Coming soon” pages.
  • Design a Successful “Coming soon” Page60
    An article from SitePoint that covers some essentials of a good “Coming soon” page and includes some great examples.
  • Tips for Designing an Awesome “Coming soon” Page61
    A great article from Line25 that offers some tips on designing great “Coming soon” pages, as well as some design examples.

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://kissmetrics.com/
  2. 2 http://kissmetrics.com/
  3. 3 http://birdboxx.com/
  4. 4 http://birdboxx.com/
  5. 5 http://novalistic.com/
  6. 6 http://novalistic.com/
  7. 7 http://twitter.com
  8. 8 http://designsvn.com/
  9. 9 http://designsvn.com/
  10. 10 http://remindness.com/
  11. 11 http://remindness.com/
  12. 12 http://fontdeck.com/
  13. 13 http://fontdeck.com/
  14. 14 http://www.betterblogger.net/
  15. 15 http://www.betterblogger.net/
  16. 16 http://www.uooo.tv/
  17. 17 http://www.uooo.tv/
  18. 18 http://fivesecondprojects.com/
  19. 19 http://fivesecondprojects.com/
  20. 20 http://www.aftersomewords.com/
  21. 21 http://www.aftersomewords.com/
  22. 22 http://www.holeycoww.co.uk/
  23. 23 http://www.holeycoww.co.uk/
  24. 24 http://www.mosesmehraban.com/
  25. 25 http://www.mosesmehraban.com/
  26. 26 http://www.leaf-ordinary.de/
  27. 27 http://www.leaf-ordinary.de/
  28. 28 http://www.iheartspaceships.com/
  29. 29 http://www.iheartspaceships.com/
  30. 30 http://fcukstar.com/
  31. 31 http://fcukstar.com/
  32. 32 http://www.shabithishan.com/
  33. 33 http://www.shabithishan.com/
  34. 34 http://favmovie.net/
  35. 35 http://favmovie.net/
  36. 36 http://www.statnip.com/
  37. 37 http://www.statnip.com/
  38. 38 http://www.clockme.in/
  39. 39 http://www.clockme.in/
  40. 40 http://bontq.com
  41. 41 http://bontq.com
  42. 42 http://www.investobiz.com/
  43. 43 http://www.investobiz.com/
  44. 44 http://www.hellohumanicons.com/
  45. 45 http://www.hellohumanicons.com/
  46. 46 http://www.upstatedesign.org/
  47. 47 http://www.upstatedesign.org/
  48. 48 http://www.mealnation.com/
  49. 49 http://www.mealnation.com/
  50. 50 http://www.gigdom.com/
  51. 51 http://www.gigdom.com/
  52. 52 http://www.classowl.com/
  53. 53 http://www.classowl.com/
  54. 54 http://www.sciplex.com/
  55. 55 http://www.sciplex.com/
  56. 56 http://zipliner.com/
  57. 57 http://zipliner.com/
  58. 58 http://designatr.com/
  59. 59 http://designatr.com/
  60. 60 http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2009/05/14/design-a-successful-coming-soon-page/
  61. 61 http://line25.com/articles/tips-for-designing-an-awesome-coming-soon-page
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Cameron Chapman is a professional Web and graphic designer with over 6 years of experience. She writes for a number of blogs, including her own, Cameron Chapman On Writing. She’s also the author of The Smashing Idea Book: From Inspiration to Application.

  1. 1

    Paddy Donnelly

    November 10, 2009 1:49 am

    Some great design points there but you forgot the number one rule of Coming Soon pages. Don’t let anyone see it twice. There’s nothing that puts me off a website more, even before I’ve seen it, than constantly being confronted with a coming soon page for months. It’s very important that people remember that a coming soon page is not a temporary/replacement site. Every effort should be made to get your project/site up and running asap because people won’t wait around on the Internet for too long and someone else will surely build it faster.

    But great article, thanks. :)

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    Design Informer

    November 10, 2009 1:33 am

    Awesome post! Lovin’ these examples!

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  3. 5

    Nicolas Crovatti

    November 10, 2009 1:38 am

    Great inspiration, thanks for this awesome collection!

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  4. 6

    Hey I’ve been looking for this actually… so thanks!

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  5. 8

    Great post with some fantastic examples. I think using the “coming soon” page as a platform for not only fore-mentioning a websites release but gaining early information and signups is a great idea. And no more ugly, text only, “under construction” pages!
    Thanks Cameron and SM for sharing.

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  6. 9

    Awesome list, lots of inspirations. :-)

    And here’s another one: http://wuit.com

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  7. 10

    Good Post, But I think this discussion all ready done before.

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  8. 11

    Awesome and interesting post! thx

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  9. 12

    Nice article, just the inspiration I need :)

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  10. 13

    Very inspiring writeup! I think the number 1 factor to coming soon pages is to show your visitors that you’re actually working on your site, instead of just putting the page up ‘for show’ or, in lieu of an under construction page. What better way than with subscription forms and social media links :)

    Thanks for featuring my site, NOVALISTIC, I really didn’t expect its (later) inclusion :D

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  11. 14

    Excellent selection, Coming soon pages are becoming really important for new websites. Thanks for including my article as reference.

    I also recommend a coming soon page I made for my next site, maybe you like it, you can check it out on:
    http://www.creadictos.com

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  12. 15

    You can easily create launch soon pages using http://LaunchSoon.com

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  13. 16

    Nice one, just working on such a page!
    Anybody knows a good WordPress plugin to collect these email addresses in a “WordPress” style way?
    And not a complete mailinglist system like mailpress but just a plugin to collect the email addresses.

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  14. 17

    Very nice collection, always interesting to offer updates!
    Seen http://www.isitxmasyet.com ?

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  15. 18

    Nice…
    :)

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  16. 19

    thanks for the post, cool ! and inspiring, when browsing also found this one; http://www.wohnungpage.de

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  17. 20

    Some great inspirations here, nice list!

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  18. 21

    As always you guys are the one who inspired us.Thank you for featuring my site. :)

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  19. 22

    Here’s ours :) http://tweetsnack.com/

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  20. 23

    so true. awesome examples of beautifully designed pages too. makes me wonder how you’re able to find so many. :) it’s quite a useful collection.

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