Have you ever seen a notice on a website that says “our site is currently going through maintenance”?
Popular sites use maintenance pages to improve a user’s experience because no one wants to visit a non-working site.
If you are running a WordPress website, there will be some situations when you don’t want your site accessible to the public.
That’s where the term “maintenance mode” comes into action.
- You are performing site updates, making design changes, or updating a plugin or a theme.
Or you are:
- Migrating your site from one server to another.
- You are about to launch a new WordPress website and want to let people know there will be a new site coming shortly.
Instead of disallowing others to access your site, you can put a beautiful maintenance mode landing page that does more than just look beautiful.
Note: It’s always advisable to have a backup of your website before making any changes.
If you don’t know how to create a backup of a WordPress website, these tutorials will help you:
- 3 Popular Ways To Backup WordPress Blog
- How To Backup WordPress With Dropbox and Automate Future Backups
3 Best WordPress Maintenance Mode Plugins
There are many WordPress plugins available which you can use when you’re in “maintenance mode”.
In this post, I have come up with the most recommended WordPress maintenance mode plugins that have a great number of active installs and are highly recommended by users.
Let’s take a look…
This is a free plugin that allows you to add a maintenance page to your site to let visitors know your blog is undergoing some changes. The plugin also has the option to add a “coming soon” page for new sites.
You will find various options in the backend of this plugin like changing the status of the plugin, setting user level restrictions, bypassing search bots, creating a beautiful splash page for maintenance mode, adding in a countdown and newsletter sign up forms.
The plugin also works with WordPress multisite installs.
It is completely responsive and works with any WordPress theme out there.
Here are some of the features of WP Maintenance Mode:
- Visual Composer – change text, colors, backgrounds, etc.
- Contact form – receive emails from visitors
- Social media icons – Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc.
- Exclude URLs from maintenance
- Landing page templates
- Unlimited colors
- Google Analytics
With more than 400,000+ active installs and great users review, WP Maintenance Mode is a highly popular plugin and worth checking out.
This plugin, developed by SeedProd, lets you create simple coming soon or maintenance pages.
Once installed, you can design your coming soon or maintenance mode page from the backend itself.
Take a look at various features of the plugin:
- SEO options – define SEO title and meta description
- BuddyPress support
- Multisite support
- Customize the look & feel
- Live preview
- Compatible with any WordPress theme
- 100% responsive
The plugin also has a PRO version available with some advanced features like:
- Real-time page customizer
- Support for shortcodes, Google Fonts, background slideshow, and videos
- Social media integration
- 1000’s of free stock images
- Collect emails with MailChimp, AWeber, GetResponse, Constant Contact, and Campaign Monitor Integration.
- Gravity Forms integration
With over 300,000+ active installs, this plugin is worth giving a try.
This is a simple and easy to use plugin for configuring your coming soon or maintenance mode landing page.
The plugin is packed with five pre-built maintenance modes and four coming soon templates with social media icons, countdown timers, etc.
Apart from this, you can block the IPs of certain users whom you don’t want to show a maintenance page to.
Some of the features of the plugin are:
- Auto-launch option
- SEO options
- Advanced access/restriction settings
- Newsletter subscription
- Google Analytics
- Custom CSS
The plugin is completely free to use and has over 60,000+ active installs.
Under Construction And Coming Soon Plugins For WordPress
This list could be endless as WordPress is a huge repository of plugins.
I have only covered the under construction and coming soon plugins that are most popular and most recommended by users.
Do let me know which plugin you use while putting your site in maintenance mode by commenting in the comments below.
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