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How to Put Your WordPress Site in Maintenance Mode

Would you like to put your WordPress blog on the wp maintenance mode?

During website repair, maintenance mode allows you to display a user-friendly warning to your visitors instead of a damaged site.

It also enables you to safely carry out any maintenance tasks while ensuring that those who require access to the website do so.

We’ll teach you how to effortlessly place your WordPress site in maintenance mode in this article. We’ll also teach you how to make your maintenance mode page more appealing, useful, and easy to use.

placing your WordPress site on auto-update

Why do you need to put WordPress in maintenance mode, and when do you need to do it?

You can usually work on tweaking your WordPress website without putting it in maintenance mode. Without any downtime, you may make minor changes, publish new material, and update themes and plugins.

However, you may need to work on your website for longer periods of time, such as when manually installing a new theme or configuring a new plugin that alters your website’s behavior. Your website may appear broken to your users during this period.

If your website receives a lot of traffic, you don’t want your visitors to see a broken website because it will give them an unfavorable picture of your company.

Setting up a staging website is a frequent technique to cope with this scenario. This allows you to work on your website in a test environment before deploying the modifications to your live site.

Bluehost, SiteGround, and WP Engine are just a few of the major WordPress hosting companies that offer 1-click staging websites.

You’ll still need to activate maintenance mode, but it’ll only be for a brief time.

If you don’t have a staging site, you should definitely put your website in maintenance mode because you’re making modifications to the live site. This enables you to address the issue of poor user experience.

You can display a user-friendly notification, alternate URLs to visit, and a schedule for when the repair will be completed by putting your WordPress site in maintenance mode.

With that in mind, let’s look at how to place your WordPress site in maintenance or under-construction status quickly and efficiently.

Configure the Maintenance Mode

The WP Maintenance Mode Plugin is a plugin that allows you to keep your WordPress site in good shape.
Another popular plugin, WP Maintenance mode, is used in this way. It allows you to set up a rudimentary maintenance mode quickly, but its design builder isn’t as robust as SeedProd’s.

The first step is to download and activate the WP Maintenance Mode plugin. See our step-by-step guide on installing a WordPress plugin for more information.

To customize the plugin settings, click to Settings » WP Maintenance Mode after activation.

Maintenance Mode for WordPress

The settings interface for the plugin is divided into five tabs. The General options tab is displayed by default.

Under General, the first choice is Status, which is set to Deactivated by default. You must set your WordPress blog to ‘Activated’ in order to put it into maintenance mode.

Set the ‘Bypass for Search Bots’ option to Yes if you want search engines to be able to see your website when it is in maintenance mode. If you already have a website, we recommend that you set this to Yes.

During the maintenance mode, WP Maintenance Mode gives you, the administrator, complete access to your website. This means you may access your WordPress dashboard and see the live website.

While the website is in maintenance mode, you can select which user roles should be permitted access to the front and backend. It is set to Administrator only by default.

The page’s other options are self-explanatory. When you’re happy with the settings, click the Save settings button to save them.

Making Your Own Maintenance Mode Splash Page

WP Maintenance Mode allows you to construct appealing landing pages that will appear when the site is down for maintenance. To make your splash page, go to the plugin’s settings page and pick the Design tab.

Create a page for upkeep.

To display on your maintenance page, you must first submit a title, heading, and content. If you’re making a coming soon page, you can alter the content as needed.

After that, you must choose text color and a background type. You have the option of selecting a backdrop color, a pre-defined image, or upload your own image.

When you’re through editing the options, remember to click the Save Changes button to save your changes.

On the WordPress Maintenance Page, I’ve added a countdown and a signup form for the newsletter.

You can utilize a countdown timer module supplied with the plugin if you’re placing WordPress in coming soon mode or merely want to let users know when your site will be up and running.

Go to the Modules tab on the plugin’s settings page to configure it. You can choose a start date and input the remaining time from here.

Including a countdown timer in the mix

Users can also subscribe to be notified when your website is back up and running. The plugin will notify these users, and they will not be included in your email marketing list.

To be notified, fill out the form below.

You should check to see if your WordPress site can send emails.

In the coming soon mode or maintenance mode page, you may also add links to your social network profiles. Simply enter the URLs of your social media profiles, and the plugin will display the social buttons for you.

Social media buttons should be included.

You can also enable Google Analytics and provide your tracking ID in the plugin settings if you want to.

Don’t forget to save your changes by clicking the save settings button.

You may also use WP Maintenance mode to put up a pre-programmed live chat bot with an interactive conversational assistance box. You can use this functionality to ask users respectfully if they want to subscribe.

Configure the bot's settings

If you enable the bot, the maintenance mode content you selected in the General settings page will be hidden. This is how your website’s chatbot might seem.

A sneak peek at a chatbot

You should make your maintenance mode or come soon mode website GDPR compliant if you are collecting user data through signup forms.

Switch to the GDPR tab on the plugin’s settings page to accomplish this. You can enable the privacy module and choose your privacy policy page from here.

GDPR configurations

With incognito mode enabled, you may now visit your website in a new browser window and be met with your maintenance mode or coming soon page.

A sneak peek at the page in maintenance mode

We hope that this post has shown you how to place your WordPress site in maintenance mode quickly and efficiently.

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