How to create page maintenance mode in WordPress – When you visit several sites, of course you have come across sites that give the message “Site is in Repair or Maintenance Mode“? Popular sites use the Maintenance mode page to improve the user experience because no visitor likes it when they visit a broken site. On the other hand, new sites use Maintenance Mode as a site launch page, this is made because visitors know information about the site and they can come back at the right time, or can be used as a customer tow while waiting for the site to be active again.
In this article, I will show you how to create a maintenance mode page on your WordPress site and display countdowns, subscribe to emails and much more.
How to create a WordPress maintenance mode
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin WP Maintenance Mode. And after that, please to activate the plugin, you must enter the menu Settings »WP Maintenance Mode to configure plugins.
The plugin’s settings page is divided into three tabs namely General, Design and Modules. By default you will be taken to the tab “General“.
The first setting under General is Status, which is defaulously placed in the “Deactivated” position. So that your site can display the Maintenance Mode page, please change the option to ‘Activated‘.
If you want search engines to be able to see your website while it is in maintenance mode, then you need to set up ‘Bypass for Search Bots‘please select “Yes”.
WP Maintenance Mode allows you to have full access to your site while it is in maintenance mode. This means you can see the site is working and logged into your WordPress dashboard. However, you must select a user role (role users) to be allowed to access the front and backend. By default it is set for the Administrator user only.
Create a Splash Page for Maintenance Mode
WP Maintenance Mode also has a cool feature to create a beautiful splash page to display while the site is in Maintenance mode. To create your splash page simply click on the tab “Design”On the plugin’s settings page.
First you need to provide a title, post and content to display on the Maintenance Mode page. You can also choose a color for the displayed text.
The next part is choosing a background or background for the Maintenance mode page. WP Maintenance Mode provides three options. You can choose a background color, upload an image that will be used as a background, or choose from several images provided by the plugin.
Added Countdown and Newsletter
If you are creating a pre-launch page or just want users to know when your site will launch, then you can use the Coundtdown (countdown time) module with a plugin. To do this, please make settings on the Modules tab in the plugin’s settings.
Set ‘Show Countdown‘select Yes and then set a start and end date. You can also choose a color for the timer.
WP Maintenance Mode also allows you to display a registration form where users can provide their email address to receive updates from your WordPress site. You can then export your subscriber list and import it to your email list. This is a great way to go for an email marketing strategy too even if your site is under construction.
You can also display icons for your social networks. To display it you just select “Yes” next to the option Show Social Network and then enter the URL to your social media profiles.
The last option on the module tab is to display contact information. You can enable this option and then provide an email address where users can contact you.
Above is a complete guide on creating a Maintenance Mode page, with this plugin you will get some very useful and beneficial features that are not only enough to create a maintenance mode page. And please follow the guidelines above. And I hope this article is useful for you, good luck. 🙂