While you're setting up your site or making major changes that will take some time, in some cases it may be better to take your site offline. This way, visitors won't come across an unfinished site. Of course the PhotoDeck administration panel will always remain available.
To take your site offline, go to My Website / General Settings and visit the Advanced tab. Then, uncheck the "Site online" box and save your changes.
Now, when visiting your website, the message "Website is not online yet. Please come back later!" will be displayed to your visitors.
Another option on this page is the ability to exclude your website from search engines. Enable this setting if you want to keep your site private. Note that it is up to individual search engines to honor this request.
Remember that the internet is public, and even with search engine indexing disabled, visitors may still stumble upon your site. If you're concerned about privacy and your content, the best option is always to password-protect your galleries.