Maintenance mode for WordPress – How to activate it

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Any work on a live site is best done behind the curtain of a maintenance mode screen. That’s because a half-built website live or a site under maintenance hardly screams professionalism, right? Unfortunately, we all need to make changes to our websites from time to time. Here’s how to do it.

Maintenance mode is ideal for a wide range of situations, including:

  • changing WordPress themes,

  • testing the plugins,

  • fixing web problems,

  • making minor cosmetic adjustments.

Activating maintenance mode means you can work on your website behind closed doors. With this in mind, maintenance mode can also be a mode » Coming soon «, which allows you to build your new website in private.

Today, I am going to show you how to work in WordPress maintenance mode using a free plugin: Coming soon Page & Maintenance Mode from SeedProd.

Next page, under construction and maintenance mode by SeedProd

Author(s): SeedProd

Current version: 5.1.0

Last update: November 13, 2019

coming-soon.5.1.0.zip

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The name of the plugin is a bit long, I know, but this is because it combines the functionalities of two soon to be defunct plugins : Ultimate Maintenance Mode and Ultimate Coming Soon Page. These are two of the best plugins in their respective fields.

How to activate maintenance mode in WordPress

To activate maintenance mode, we must first install the plugin. Login to WordPress, then go to Plugins / Add New . Search ” SeedProd ,” and the first plugin returned will be the Soon Page & Maintenance Mode plugin.

Go ahead and click Install Now and later Activate the plugin .

Now, we can start using the plugin. Navigate to SeedProd -> Settings . Here, you can activate your maintenance screen – or the next screen – in just a few seconds.

Just click on the option Enable maintenance mode and then press save all changes .

Now, while you work on your website, only you you will be able to see the changes you are making – visitors will simply see the maintenance screen. You can quickly confirm that you are working in maintenance mode by taking a look at the top right of the WordPress toolbar.

Of course, at this point, visitors will only see a boring and ugly maintenance screen. You probably want to make it look a little cuter, though, right? Fortunately, the plugin is equipped with everything you need to build a great looking maintenance screen.

Start by scrolling down to the section page settings . Here you can upload your logo and then use the editor to write your headline and message. You can also choose to give developers credit by adding their logo to your maintenance screen – although this is not required.

At the bottom of the settings screen, you will see a section of header . This is where you can configure your SEO settings or paste your Google Analytics code. Don’t forget to click Save again before moving on to the next tab.

The next step is to click on the tab Design . As the title implies, this is where you can style your maintenance screen.

Options include specifying a solid background color, uploading a custom background image, and adding a background overlay to make your text stand out.

Scrolling down the screen, you’ll also find sections to specify the width of your content area, as well as choose the font face and text color for your content.

You can preview your maintenance screen at any time by clicking the tab live preview at the top – the live preview opens in a separate window.

For more experienced users, you may also want to access the tab Advanced . This is where you can add header/footer scripts to your page, as well as custom HTML.

However, most users – particularly those just looking for a simple maintenance screen – won’t need to touch this tab.

Before you finish, remember to save one last time. This will ensure that all your changes are applied to the live version of your maintenance screen, the one that visitors will see.

Do you want to see what mine is like? Sure, and here’s a screenshot:

That took less than five minutes to set up and it looks pretty professional, right?

Now you can start working on your website. Logged in users will be able to see behind the maintenance screen, so they can preview their changes without be hampered by it.

Of course, when you finish applying your changes, don’t forget to disable maintenance mode . To do this, he returns to Settings / Next page and maintenance mode . Just set the state to disabled and then save the changes.

Nice job! Your website is completely restored, with no visitors seeing your website in its non-operational condition.

final thoughts

the plugin Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode It is one of my favorites. The plugin allows you to design stunning maintenance screens in just a few minutes, plus you can turn maintenance mode on and off in just a few clicks whenever you need to.

Are you using the Next Page and Maintenance Mode plugin? Anything else? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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