If you already have a WordPress site or are starting one, you’ll need to know how to add an Under Construction page. There are two types of construction modes: maintenance mode and coming soon mode. This blog provides an overview of why you should prepare an under-construction page for your WordPress site, as well as three top plugins for creating the page quickly.
Why do you need WordPress Under Construction Pages?
You need either the Coming Soon or Maintenance mode page prepared for your site for the following reason:
- Inform your potential visitors about your new site, and its launch date
- Collect information about your visitors with contact us or subscription form
- Inform visitors about launch promotions
- Keep your site users on the maintenance duration and its duration
- Avoid losing SEO traffic by having the right response page.
Types of Under Construction Pages
When you create a new WordPress site and want your visitors to be aware of the launch date, a Coming Soon page is displayed. The maintenance mode page, on the other hand, is displayed when you are updating or performing routine maintenance tasks on your WordPress site. The Under Construction or maintenance mode page should clearly state the duration of the site’s downtime and include a 503 response code. The 503 response code informs search engines that the site will be restored, preventing any SEO issues.
Popular WordPress Under Construction Page Plugin
There are numerous WordPress plugins available that allow you to easily create both of these pages for your site while maintaining a professional look and feel. The following are some of the most popular WordPress Under Construction page plugins.
SeedProd is a freemium plugin available in the WordPress plugin repository. This plugin allows you to easily create professional-looking and customizable “Coming Soon” and Maintenance Mode pages without any scripting knowledge.
The premium version of the SeedProd Coming Soon, Maintenance Mode, and Landing Pages plugin supports custom 404 errors. The free version templates are more than enough for a starter website, and the free pages can be further customized with SeedProd’s built-in page builder.
Refer to this article for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create a Coming Soon or Maintenance mode page with the SeedProd plugin.
WP Maintenance Mode
DesignModo’s WP Maintenance Mode is a free plugin that allows you to create fully customizable maintenance mode pages. It is suitable for multisite installations and includes useful features such as a countdown timer for maintenance duration, contact forms, and a subscription form to collect visitor information that can be downloaded later.
The maintenance mode can be activated immediately after installing the plugin. For more information on the extensive feature set available, go to the official plugin page at https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-maintenance-mode/.
Under Construction Page
The Web Factory Ltd Under Construction Page plugin is a specialized plugin that allows you to quickly and easily create under-construction pages using a drag and drop builder. The free version of this plugin includes unique features such as Google Analytics page visit tracking, the ability to load custom CSS to customize the page, and maintenance mode timers.