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How to Put a WordPress Site in Maintenance Mode


Why want to add a maintenance mode page to your website? If you have been using your site for a long time or have found a site error, you need to update or fix it. This page is significant for that purpose. By settings up a maintenance page, you can hide pages that are broken, pages that are checking for updates. Also, that helps SEO by signaling search engines that my website is under maintains mode. At those times, search engines will skip your website from listing. In this article, we are talking about how to put a WordPress Site in maintenance mode.

❗ Important: Keeping your site longer than the maintenance mode can cause website rankings to drop!

In the maintenance mode allows you to display a user-friendly notice about maintenance to visitors. The website’s administrators and moderators don’t have a problem. They can still access the website under the maintenance mode. Let’s start.

WP Maintenance Mode

WP Maintenance Mode is a free method you can use to put your WordPress site in maintenance mode. It has active installations 700,000+ and supports new WordPress versions too.

Main features

  • Fully customizable (Change colors, texts, and backgrounds)
  • Countdown timer (remaining time under maintenance)
  • Contact form
  • SEO options

Follow these steps to set up the WP Maintenance Mode plugin.

    • Log in to your administrator account and go to the dashboard.
    • Go to the Plugins > Add New page.


    • Then search WP Maintenance Mode and install it.


    • You have to wait few seconds to installation complete. After installed, click the active button.
    • Go to Settings > WP Maintenance Mode.


    • Click the Design tab and change the messages and backgrounds.


    • Go to the Modules tab and add time to countdown.


    • After settings things, go to the general tab and change the status to ‘Activated,’ then scroll down each tab pages and click the ‘Save Settings’ button.

Now open a new private window and go to your website. It will show the maintenance message with a countdown timer. I specifically mentioned opening a new window because this maintenance page does not show for logged admin accounts.

Here without adding a more advanced design, it looks like this.


⚠️ Important: Dont removes ‘wp-login’ and ‘login’ from the exclude option.

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