No matter how much you try to prevent it, there will probably come a time when you have to put your WordPress site into maintenance mode. You could be having issues with your site, releasing new features, or be in some other situation where you don’t want people to have access to your regular content.
In those situations, showing a maintenance mode page can be a user-friendly way of letting your visitors know just what’s happening.
While WordPress does have a basic maintenance page that it activates during automatic updates, this page is not user-friendly nor can you manually activate it or deactivate it from your dashboard.
For that reason, one of these 6 WordPress maintenance mode plugins offers a better path. With one of these plugins, you’ll be able to design your own maintenance mode page and activate it as needed.
6 Best WordPress Maintenance Mode Plugins
With 500,000+ active installs and a 5-star rating over 1,600 reviews, Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode by SeedProd is the most popular and well-rated maintenance mode plugin at WordPress.org.
It comes in both a free and premium version.
In the free version, you can quickly create a basic maintenance or coming soon page via a user-friendly interface. You can also add your own tracking scripts, which is nice for monitoring the traffic that comes to your page.
Another nice thing is that you can instruct the plugin to use your design for WordPress’ maintenance.php file, which is the design used by WordPress’s built-in maintenance mode.
If you pay for the Pro version, you’ll also get more features like:
- Only make the page display for users who aren’t logged in.
- A secret preview link to bypass the maintenance mode.
- Email marketing service integrations.
- Social profiles and sharing icons.
- Referral tracking system.
- And lots, lots more…
While the free version is a nice basic tool, many of the best features only come in the Pro version. You can purchase the Pro version starting at $29.
Though it only has a 4-star rating, WP Maintenance Mode is right behind Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode by SeedProd in terms of popularity.
One of the nice things about this plugin is that it offers features for free that most of the other plugins charge for.
Even in the free version, you can still add:
- Countdown timers
- Email subscribe forms
- Contact forms
- Social media icons
And you’re also able to:
- Customize all of the colors, texts, and backgrounds.
- Exclude certain URLs from maintenance mode.
- Exclude certain user roles from maintenance mode.
- Let search engine robots bypass the maintenance mode.
So with all those features, why isn’t WP Maintenance Mode rated higher? Well, in reading the reviews, it seems like a number of people took issue with DesignModo using WP Maintenance Mode to advertise some of its other products inside the WordPress admin dashboard.
If you can get past that issue, this plugin is a solid free option.
Maintenance is a freemium plugin from fruitfulcode. The free version is one of the top maintenance plugins at WordPress.org and the premium version is the best-selling plugin in that category at CodeCanyon, which makes this an overall popular choice for WordPress users.
In the free version, you can create a responsive maintenance mode page with:
- Full-screen background.
- Blurred background effect.
- Your own logo, fonts, and background image.
- User login to give access to some users.
And you can also exclude some pages from maintenance mode, which is a nice touch.
If you purchase the Pro version for $25, you’ll also gain the ability to:
- Give more specific user permissions.
- Add a countdown timer.
- Add background videos.
- Show your social media profiles.
- Display an email newsletter subscribe form.
With the exception of the user permission functionality, most of the premium features are geared more toward creating a “coming soon” page than a maintenance mode page. So if all you want is maintenance mode, you might be able to stick with the free version.
Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode is another popular maintenance mode plugin for sale at CodeCanyon.
To justify its premium price tag, it offers a number of added features that might appeal to you.
- A full-sized background slideshow powered by jQuery.
- 100+ social media icons.
- A countdown timer.
- An AJAX opt-in form that integrates with popular email marketing services.
- The ability to exclude certain users from seeing the maintenance page by IP address or user roles.
And you can, of course, also customize all the colors and text on your maintenance mode page to make it your own.
You can purchase Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode for $18 at CodeCanyon.
Elementor is a popular WordPress page builder. So why is it on a list of maintenance mode plugins? Because it offers a very neat maintenance mode feature that lets you design your site’s maintenance mode using the Elementor page builder interface.
You can build your page from a blank design using any of the available elements. You can also choose from one of Elementor’s pre-built templates.
Once you have your design, you can activate Maintenance Mode via Elementor’s interface. And you can also set up access rules to determine exactly who can still access the full version of your site:
If you’re already using Elementor, this is the best way to add a maintenance mode to your site. And even if you’re not, it still gives you more flexibility than the other options because you can use a real page builder to create your maintenance design.
You can use the maintenance mode feature in the free version of Elementor, but if you purchase Elementor Pro, you’ll get access to additional elements and pre-made templates.
Under Construction is another popular maintenance mode plugin that’s developed by Web Factory, makers of the popular OptIn Ninja plugin.
Two fairly unique things about this plugin are that:
- It comes with 25+ pre-made themes to help you quickly create a design.
- You can set an automatic end date to disable maintenance mode at a specific time.
Beyond those two unique features, it also includes a bunch of standard features that the others have like:
- Full control over text and colors.
- Social media icons.
- The ability to let specific user roles or users bypass the maintenance mode page.
While it’s not as popular as the previous plugins, the pre-made designs have a neat style, and it’s very easy to use.
Which Maintenance Mode Plugin Should You Choose?
If you just want to quickly create a maintenance mode page and don’t care about any extra features, Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode by SeedProd is the most popular and well-rated, even if the free version doesn’t offer a ton of features.
And if you like using page builders, then Elementor’s maintenance mode functionality is an easy way to create a custom page.
Have you used any of these maintenance mode plugins? Or do you know another good option? Let us know in the comments!
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