Let's say you need to make some crucial changes to the WordPress theme, or you noticed something strange happening on the front end of your website and need some time to fix it. How can you make these edits without showing a broken website to visitors?
That's where maintenance mode comes in!
Maintainance mode allows you to safely handle any necessary maintenance tasks on your WordPress website while still having a user-friendly page set up. This lets people still access your website without facing an off-putting notice stating that work is being done.
In this post, we'll discuss the importance of maintenance mode, how you can easily put your online business' website in maintenance mode, and how to beautify your maintenance mode page!
When Would You Need to Put Your WordPress Website in Maintenance Mode?
When you're working on a website, you may not always need maintenance mode in the beginning. However, what if the project takes a bit longer than expected? Or what if there were a few unexpected setbacks that are delaying your website's launch?
You don't want visitors to access your website and find it out of sorts—this can ruin your business' credibility. Putting your site under maintenance mode will help to combat this problem.
Enabling maintenance mode allows you to create a visually pleasing page letting your visitors know your site will be back soon—keeping your customers engaged and your business professional.
How To Put Your Website in Maintenance Mode Using SeedProd
In case you've never heard of SeedProd, it's the most popular coming soon and maintenance mode plugin for WordPress out there!
The plugin is easy to use and helps you create beautiful pages that your customers will love to engage with while they wait for your site to launch.
To get started with SeedProd, the first thing you'll need to do is install and activate the plugin in your WordPress dashboard.
Next, you need to select the status of the website. You'll have the option to choose Enable Coming Soon Mode or Enable Maintenance Mode. The plugin also gives you the option to redirect your website visitors to another site, but we'll focus on the first two options in this post.
After you've made your choice, click Save All Changes. Now it's time to customize your maintenance mode page.
Click on the Edit Coming Soon/Maintenance Page button, and you'll be navigated to a list of ready-made templates you can use to create your page.
When you click on one of the templates, you'll be able to see all of the customization options available. Here, you'll be able to add your logos, social media sharing buttons, and a countdown timer. You can even include your email marketing software.
Once you've customized your page to your liking, click Save, and you're all done.
Managing Users in SeedProd
SeedProd will automatically show your maintenance mode page to anyone who isn't logged in. All other users will still be able to log in and continue browsing your website as usual.
If you have an online business, such as a membership website, users would also still be able to log in and use the site. If you don't want some users to see your site during this time, SeedProd lets you decide who can gain access while it's under construction. All you have to do is go to Settings > Coming Soon Pro > Access Controls. Here you can pick one of three ways to control user access:
- Use a secret key as a password to your website
- Allow or block access to the site via an IP address
- Select/Exclude the user roles that can access the backend of the site
Once you're finished there, click Save All Changes to save your settings.
How to Exclude Specific Pages from Maintenance Mode
SeedProd also has a cool feature that allows you to select certain pages to put in maintenance mode. This is a great tool when you want to allow people to access certain pages without taking the entire site down.
Go to Settings > Advanced Settings and enter the URLs of the pages you'd like to include or exclude from maintenance mode. Once you click Save All Changes, you're all set!
There may come a time when you'll need to put your website in maintenance mode. Don't panic—it's totally fine! With helpful tools like SeedProd, you'll have your site back up and running without skipping a beat.