It would be nice if you could install a WordPress site, set up a theme, plugins and forget about settings altogether. You would be able to put the focus on creating content and getting visitors and customers. But since (most of us) don’t live in a la-la land that’s simply not possible.
From time to time, every blog owner will face difficulties. And when push comes to shove, you will have to put your website in maintenance mode and resolve issues without affecting users.
When dealing with errors on the site, the last thing you want to do is code a maintenance page from scratch or search for best designs on the internet. But if you’re working with WordPress, luckily, some fantastic WordPress plugins will do most of the hard work for you. So, choose one from the list, install and concentrate on more important things of your blog.
Under Construction Page
Although not a complete newbie in the official WordPress directory, this free plugin has been attracting users only in the last few months when Web Factory took over the development. Since then, Under Construction Page has received a few tens of thousands of new users, and it keeps getting 10,000 new ones per month!
It’s completely free and allow you to create a coming soon, maintenance or under construction page in just a few minutes. You just have to select one of the amazing designs available from the list, enter content, connect social media accounts and click the button to activate the mode.
Options like tracking visits with Google Analytics, whitelisting users and setting automatic end dates are something that gives you the extra reason to install Under Construction Page.
Minimal Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode
Although the name of the plugin suggests it is simple, that doesn’t mean that it lacks features. This free plugin is completely customizable and allows you to personalize the looks and feels of a maintenance page.
All elements on a page can be configured so you can quickly add content, change images, font colors and much more. For more advanced users, there are options to write custom HTML and CSS for quick modifications of the maintenance page.
Minimal Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode supports W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache, so you don’t have to worry about caching which is a common problem with maintenance pages of all kind.
Collect emails with MailChimp, allow logged in users to see the normal page and do much more with this free plugin.
Easy Coming Soon
This is another popular choice when it comes to building maintenance pages in WordPress. Easy Coming Soon plugin lets you create responsive launch and maintenance pages that work with all themes. It is flexible and user-friendly with many customization options.
It is easy to change background colors, images, fonts colors, styles, etc. You can add Google Analytics tracking code to the plugin, collect emails and use live preview option when creating a page.
There are many more features available, but you will have to opt-in for the premium version to get stuff like countdown times, Mailchimp and Campaign Monitor support, etc.
Elementor Maintenance Mode
Elementor is a visual page builder for WordPress that lets you create pages by dragging and dropping elements where you want. Since recently, the plugin was refreshed with a maintenance mode feature.
Now you can create a maintenance mode page just by selecting blocks that you need. The plugin comes with several predefined templates which mean that you get to customize them in just a few minutes. Decide which users can access the site, and relax while fixing problems on the site.
Fancy WP Maintenance Mode
This premium plugin comes with three different themes and a responsive layout which allows you to create a maintenance page for all users.
Add newsletter subscribe forms and collect emails from your visitors even while your site isn’t working. Fancy WP Maintenance Mode lets you use countdown times, progress bars, add custom logos and image, and do much more.
Unlike previously mentioned plugins, this one doesn’t come with the free version, and you will have to take out $15 from your wallet to get it on your site.
Maintenance pages should be an important part of every website. After installing a plugin that you like, we suggest that you keep it in the background so that you can activate the mode whenever you have to fix things on the site.
Which plugin do you like the best?