There are times when you need to shutdown a website for updating bug fixes, trying hard for a new theme, and other common reasons. The process on WordPress can be annoyed because you would need to convey all the traffic onto a new default page.
Here I want to present a time saving solution. A collection of WordPress plugins which will be responsible for handle your website during downtime. The best part about the solution is each of these are open source and easy to install on any website. Using a pre-built method will save a lot of time so that you can focus on fixing the site to get back online.
1. WP Maintenance Mode
Many developers are familiar with the WP Maintenance Mode plugin because it is discussed almost everywhere. Maintenance Mode is a great choice because you can also decide on a number of programmed templates.
My Take: I would say this is one of the easiest choices to install and customize. Webmasters who are just getting the hangover of WordPress may enjoy this plugin the most. The most current version is developed for supporting the latest 3.6 beta release. And it is common to see this plugin updated very frequently.
2. Ultimate Maintenance Mode
Using a plugin that starts with a phrase “Ultimate” should make you think this is the most incredible of all. The best feature of this plugin is that it will utilize a screenshot of your website in the background. Users who are logged into the site may still access the full display, plus the wp-admin panel.
My Take: I think Ultimate Maintenance Mode is another superb choice. But it can be to some extent more complex than the other options. It is worth some time investing into the plugin if you want to learn how it all works.
3. YITH Maintenance Mode
Your Inspiration Themes (YITH) Maintenance Mode plugin comes as free and open source just like the others. I like their admin panel menu style for organizing the topical links. It is updated for WordPress 3.5.1 which is the most current stable release.
My Take: The WP admin menu is fantastic because it uses built-in tabs all along with page links. The best feature is it’s input fields which allows you to change the page text, style, and layout. There is a lot of customization for users who really need a detailed solution. You can also select who is allowed to view the full site, ranging from Administrators to Authors and contributors. This is my go-to choice when shutting down a website for brief edits or updates to the theme.
Taking care of your website maintenance is definitely tough. This is when you should be testing out some different plugins to see what can work best for your website. Thankfully WordPress has a large collection of maintenance plugins, even some which I haven’t listed in this post.
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