WordPress: Activate maintenance mode - TecChannel Workshop

WordPress: Activate maintenance mode – TecChannel Workshop

The easiest way to set up maintenance mode in WordPress is with a plugin. This way you don’t have to create files in the root directory and edit them manually. However, those who host their website on WordPress.com with a free account have a bad hand: Installing plug-ins is only possible with the Pro tariff.

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    First log in to your WordPress host. To do this, enter your e-mail address (1), followed by your password (2) as shown here, and then click on the login button (3).
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    Then switch to the “Plugins” entry in the administration view via the left sidebar.
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    Before you add new extensions, you should first check whether your host already has plugins installed for the task.
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    You may have to activate pre-installed plug-ins, such as “Under Construction” here.
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    After that, go to Settings.
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    You can first try whether the default values ​​are sufficient by clicking on the preview button.
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    In a separate browser tab, you can then see how visitors see your website in maintenance mode.
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    Any changes you make afterwards can be saved by clicking on “Save changes”. Then activate the maintenance mode via the switch above.
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    On the other hand, to install a new extension, click on “Plugins” in the navigation bar and then on “Install”.
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    You can now use a search field to browse through the available tools. Once you find something suitable, such as the Maintenance plug-in, click Install Now.
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    You must then activate the tool, otherwise configuration is not possible.
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    The left sidebar takes you to the plugin’s configuration page. Here, too, you can first test whether the default settings are sufficient.
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    After clicking the preview button, the maintenance mode page appears as visitors would see it.
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    You can now make changes, for example by entering an English heading. Finally, click on “Save Changes” to apply your adjustments.

So you can either treat yourself to this paid plan or use a provider that also allows access to plug-ins with a free account. For the installation of the extension itself, it doesn’t make much of a difference. Only the user interface might look a little different in one place or another.

First, log in to the respective provider with your account and password. At WordPress.com you can use your own app, otherwise the login is done via browser. The provider gave you the corresponding address when you registered.

Call or install plugin

After you have called up the administration interface, switch to the Plugins item via the left sidebar. In the submenu that opens, it is advisable to first navigate to the extensions that are already installed. Here you can see in a list whether a corresponding maintenance tool is already available. All you have to do then is activate it and make adjustments if necessary. You usually have the option to preview before you turn on maintenance mode.

On the other hand, if you want to install a separate extension, click Plugins in the navigation bar and then click Install. You can now use a search field to browse through the available tools by entering Maintenance Mode or Under Construction as a keyword.

Once you have found something suitable, for example the quite popular Maintenance, click the Install Now button and then click Activate. You can then use the left sidebar to switch to the plug-in.

It is somewhat unfavorable that the maintenance mode is apparently activated automatically when this extension is activated. However, this can be quickly reversed by clicking on the large On button on the configuration page. Otherwise, you can directly test what your website looks like with the default settings by clicking on the Preview button. The preview will then open in a new tab.

use settings

If you want to make adjustments, you will find plenty of opportunity to do so in the individual settings sections. From content to themes to excluded pages, there are numerous design options. However, not all are available for free. For example, premium themes or the display of a contact form are reserved for the Pro version.

Do not forget to accept the changes you have made by clicking on Save Changes. You will find this button both in the respective configuration areas and at the top of the page.

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