Let’s say you have a website And you’re making some changes to it.
Now, until you finish making changes to your site, you can show a maintenance page to your visitors.
In this article we’re going to see how you can put your WordPress site in maintenance mode.
So after reading this you’ll be able to add a maintenance page to your website,
And let the visitors know when your site will be back using a countdown timer.
Now We’ll follow these simple 4 steps-
- Install “Maintenance Plugin”
- Create a Maintenance Page
- Customize your Maintenance Page
- Notifying your visitors when your site is back
Let’s get started.
First, go to the website, which you have built using WordPress.
Now to put your site in maintenance mode, we are going to do two steps.
Step 1- Install a Maintenance Plugin
The first step is to install the maintenance plugin in your WordPress website.
- So to install the plugin, go to your WordPress Dashboard then plugins and click “add new”.
- In this page, search for a plugin called “CMP”
This is the plugin that which is going to help us add a maintenance page to our website.
- So to install this plugin, click install. And then click “Activate.”
Now we have successfully completed the first step which was to install the maintenance plugin in WordPress.
Okay Now, once you’ve installed the plugin, we can go to the second step which is to create a maintenance page for your site.
Step 2- Create a Maintenance Page
Go to CMP settings.
- Now to create, the maintenance page. First, we need to “Enable” CMP status.
- Once you’ve enabled it. You will get these options
– Whole website- Put your entire website in maintenance mode
– Homepage only- Put your homepage only in maintenance mode
– Whitelist/Blacklist- To put a specific page in maintenance mode
Select the one you need and then click ‘Maintenance mode’.
If you scroll down, you will get different themes, which can be used for your maintenance page.
To see how it looks, click ‘Preview’. And you’ll know how a maintenance page will look like.
Once you selected the theme, go back to your dashboard and click “Activate”.
Now we have successfully created the maintenance page for our website, And it will be displayed to our visitors when they try to view our site.
If you want to check that, open a new tab and go to your website.
You’ll see that the maintenance page has not appeared because the maintenance page will not be visible for the admin.
It will be only seen by those visitors who have not logged in to your site.
Now Let’s say a visitor goes to our site, then You can see that, you have the maintenance page instead of your site’s homepage.
So this was all about how you can put your WordPress site in maintenance mode.
Next, let’s see how you can customize this maintenance page as per your needs.
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How to customize Maintenance page?
So to do that, go back to your WordPress dashboard >> CMP settings >> content
This is place where you can edit and customize your maintenance page.
Here you can change logo, heading, messages, background image etc.
To the change, the background image choose “Custom Images.” and click “Media Library.”
Now to change the background image, Just drag and drop the image you want from your computer.
You’ll see the changes you’ve done.
Next, we’re going to see how you can edit countdown timer.
So to do that, scroll down And there you will see the date and time, which has given the timer.
Now to edit this countdown timer, Just click there and select how long you want to show the maintenance page to your audience.
So now we have edited the countdown timer.
Once you’re done with all the changes, click save changes.
We have successfully customized all parts of our maintenance page Now if you go back to your visitors browser, and click “Refresh.”
You can see that the changes you’ve made are successfully applied to a maintenance page.
There is an option on your Maintenance page where your visitors can submit their email IDs so that we can notify them when our site is back.
Let’s consider a visitor submits their email ID from a maintenance page.
So to notify this visitor that our site is back, We need to send an email to him.
To find the email IDs of the visitors, go to your WordPress dashboard and click “CMP Subscribers.”
You’ll see the email IDs of your visitors. We can now send an email and notify them when our site is back.
Next, we are going to see how you can disable the maintenance mode and get your site back.
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How to disable Maintenance mode?
You can click ON/OFF right next to the Maintenance mode in the WordPress admin bar.
The maintenance mode will be disabled when you click “OFF” and our site will be back.
In the future, if you want to enable the maintenance mode again, Just go to your dashboard and click “On.”
Now instead of putting the entire website in maintenance mode,
How can you put a specific page under maintenance? So next we’re going to see how you can put a specific page in maintenance mode without affecting other pages on your site.
Let’s say you’re making changes to your contact page and you want to display a maintenance page to your visitors.
So in order to put your contact page in maintenance mode,
Go to your dashboard >> advanced >> Page Whitelist
This is where you can set the maintenance mode for a specific page.
Now, if you click on the “CMP Whitelist” drop down, You can see all the pages which you have on your site.
Just select the page, which you want to put in maintenance mode.
If you can’t find the page name, you can just copy the page URL and paste it there.
And then click “Save changes.”
We have successfully put our contact page in the maintenance mode
Now, if you go to your site and click “contact us” You will see that we have the maintenance page instead of a contact page.
So this was all about how you can put a specific page in maintenance mode in WordPress.
Okay. So that’s the guys, This is how you can put a WordPress site in maintenance mode.
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