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How to Set Maintenance Mode in WordPress

As a WordPress website owner, there may be times when you need to temporarily put your site in maintenance mode. Whether you’re making major updates, fixing bugs, or just want to give your visitors a heads up, putting your site in maintenance mode helps to provide a better user experience. In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of setting up maintenance mode in WordPress.

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Step by step

1. Install and activate the “WP Maintenance Mode” plugin:

  • Go to your WordPress dashboard and click on “Plugins” in the left-hand menu.
  • Click on “Add New” and search for “WP Maintenance Mode“.
  • Install and activate the plugin.

2. Configure the plugin settings:

  • Once the plugin is activated, go to “Settings” and click on “WP Maintenance Mode”.
  • Choose the design and layout options that match your website’s branding.
  • Customize the maintenance message to inform your visitors about the reason for the maintenance.
  • Set a countdown timer if desired, indicating the estimated time until the site is back online.

3. Enable maintenance mode:

  • After configuring the settings, go to “General Settings” in the plugin menu.
  • Check the box that says “Enable maintenance mode”.
  • Save your changes.

4. View maintenance mode:

  • Open a new incognito or private browsing window in your browser.
  • Enter your website’s URL and you should now see the maintenance mode page instead of your regular site.


To set up maintenance mode in WordPress, follow these steps: install and activate the “WP Maintenance Mode” plugin, configure the plugin settings to customize the appearance and message, enable maintenance mode in the general settings, and view the maintenance mode page in a private browsing window. By temporarily putting your site in maintenance mode, you can efficiently communicate with your visitors and ensure a smooth user experience during updates or fixes.

Note: Remember to disable maintenance mode once you have finished making changes to your website.

Rizwan Aritonang

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