Taking a serial offline without deleting it

4 years ago | Chrysalis (Member)

Question! I'm going to relaunch the Anathema ebooks with a new series title and cover in the near future, and I'd like to enroll them in KU, which means I have to take the web serial offline with the exception of the first chapter. However... I'd really, really prefer to not just delete all those posts and pages. Over the past three years, I've gotten several hundred wonderful comments that I don't want to lose. I'd also like to preserve the original story (meaning, the serial) for future reference, as a draft for future books and as a proof of copyright.

However... is it even possible to take pages / posts offline without deleting them? I use the free version of Wordpress and am a bit of a tech idiot. Any help appreciated! <3

Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/

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  1. Scott Scherr (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Hello. One way I know is to change your posts to "Private". It's a bit tedious if you have a lot of episodes posted. But here's how you do it: Go to your "Dashboard". Go to "Posts" and click "All Posts". From there, you hover over each post title until it shows you the "Quick Edit" option. Once there, you should see a small box to click for "Private". Then hit "Update". This should allow you to see your own posts when you're logged in, but visitors won't be able to see them. There's probably a better way to do this but that's what I've got. Hope this helps ;)

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  2. smatthews65 (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Scott's answer may be the best....

    But for the sake of throwing in another possibility, have you considered a 301 redirect?

    You could create a 'landing page' announcing your upcoming changes and build a redirect so your existing pages point to the new one for the time-being. Once all is updated, simply remove the redirect.

    Just a thought.......

    Note: with wordpress basic, looks like this is a plugin option:

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  3. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    More info on 301 redirects:


    Generally speaking a 301 redirect is a permanent redirection from one page to another. You'd have to set it up for every page, or create a wildcard redirect in your .htaccess file. If Chrysalis is planning to put the content back some day, I think Scott's answer is probably better.

    FYI, a temporary redirect would be a 302 or 307. I don't remember the difference between the two offhand.

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  4. Teowi (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I'd suggest Scott's method, but doing it by bulk:
    Go to http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/admin and click on "Posts". Click the check box next to "Title" that mass ticks all of the check boxes for each chapter on the current page, then under the "Bulk Actions" drop-down menu, select "Edit" and click Apply. Then in the drop-down menu next to "Status", you can mass change those chapters to Private.

  5. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Thanks so much, everyone! You guys rock.

    I can't use plugins with the free Wordpress. :( And to be perfectly honest, I'm too blonde for a redirect. If Scott's method can be done in bulk, it will be perfect. Thanks again <3

    (Man, taking it offline is going to hurt a little... haven't updated in a year and I still get up to 200ish views daily... thank you, word of mouth!)

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  6. Sharkerbob (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I've had to deal with lost comments on my own blog when I do my occasional clean-ups, so I know that can suck. As tedious as this may sound, could you just manually save each webpage, complete with comments, and then re-upload them later when the KU term is done? Otherwise, even more tediously, you could just manually copy-paste them all onto a document. I've ended up doing that sometimes.

    By the way are the books substantially edited from the serial? Would you still recommend reading the serial or would you prefer people read the ebooks? I read the first chapter or two and remember being intrigued. Sorry to say I haven't yet gotten back to it, but it's on my "to read" list when I get some other works finished.

  7. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Yes, the books are substantially edited and I'd recommend them over the serial version. On the other hand, the serial is complete... the books are only published up until arc 7. Still working on the rest.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  8. Stormy (Moderator)

    Posted 4 years ago

    * Set everything to private
    * Change everything to drafts
    * You could do a full export of your site, ready for re-upload later.


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