How to avoid google indexing my site under development is completed

Question

I have a new site and a new domain, will take about 2 months to complete development and then will go live. Only then I want google starts crawling and indexing my site. So the question is how to "shut off" google indexing for these 2 months before going live? Right now I plan to use this index.html:

<html>
<meta name="googlebot" content="noindex">
UNDER CONSTRUCTION
</html>

I will start development in index.php, when done I will remove index.html, then googlebot will start indexing starting from index.php.

Don't know if this sounds like a good plan.


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| seo   | googlebot   | robots.txt   | meta-tags   | google-index   2016-09-14 18:09 1 Answers

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  1. 2016-09-14 18:09

    You can create robots.txt in your project directory and add following to it:

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /
    

    So when a bot reaches your page it first checks robots.txt file and if disallow is there it would crawl your pages. Read more about it here

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