Often when you are working on your page you need to disable it for some time. However you also want your users to see some information what is going on, and that your site will be coming soon. That is when you should use maintenance mode or coming soon page.
I will describe how to do it easily in WordPress using popular plugin or our themes feature.
Coming soon page with WP Maintenance Mode plugin
Using plugin for setting up your under construction page is very popular solution. It is also theme independent in most cases, so it is good for switching to different themes for example.
There are few plugins that could work for this, but I will advice here most popular one – WP Maintenance Mode.
How to use WP Maintenance Mode ?
First you have to install it of course. You can do it from your admin panel in plugins menu by searching for “WP Maintenance Mode”.
Next activate it and go to plugin settings in Settings -> WP Maintenance Mode where you can setup everything.
In General tab you can set main things about your coming soon page, like activating it or who can bypass maintenance mode.
In Design tab you setup what exactly will users see, when they visit your page. There is also Modules tab where you can add counter for example or other prepared modules.
Settings are pretty straightforward and gives enough flexibility for most use cases.
Maintenance mode with build in theme feature
In our themes, like Rife Theme for example, you can use build in feature to activate Maintenance mode. It gives you option to use any page as your under construction page, so it gives you much more power in design.
When this feature is active you, as administrator, will see whole page normally when you are logged into WordPress.
However your visitors will see page that you have selected in Maintenance Mode settings. What is important, is that this page will be displayed for them without theme header and footer. This way they will not see any links to other pages, that could confuse your visitors. Those links will also not be indexed wrongly by search engines while maintenance mode is active.
How to activate maintenance mode in Rife theme?
When theme is active, go to Appearnace-> Customizing-> Page settings-> Maintenance mode. There Activate feature and select page that will be displayed as your coming soon screen.
Many hosting providers offer staging server feature. This is special option that creates copy of your website, where you can test new plugins, themes or settings without anyone being able to see them.
This is much better option then testing new things on your production website and accidentally breaking it cause of this. It also doesn’t block your production website, like maintenance mode does. Kinsta hosting is one example of WordPress hosting that offers this