WordPress Maintenance Mode 2012
If you need a professional “maintenance mode” splash page for your WordPress website, there’s a cool plugin that you can install for free. If you’re currently in the process of setting up your website for the first time, then this blog post is specially for you.
In the plugins area of your dashboard, search for “WP Maintenance Mode.” A few plugins will probably show up, so make sure you install the plugin by Frank Bultge shown in the screenshot below.
Actually if you’re creating a website for the first time, then you probably don’t need to install this plugin because a new website hardly gets any visitors. But if you’ve had your domain name for a while and you’ve recently switched over to the WordPress platform; then you should install and activate this plugin while you update your website.
This plugin is really cool. You can choose between several different splash pages while your website is in maintenance mode. If you’re signed into your dashboard, then your website will still look normal to you, but everyone else will see your maintenance mode page. You’ll have to sign out of your dashboard to see what your maintenance page looks like.
Below you can see an example of one of the splash pages available to you. I think it looks really professional! The designers of this plugin did a really good job.
When you’re done updating your website, just deactivate the plugin. There’s an option to turn maintenance mode off, but sometimes that doesn’t work…so just deactivate it. There are a few other plugins that you can use too, but I think this is the best one. I hope this helps anyone that’s just starting out with WordPress.