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Maintenance Mode

Very simple Maintenance Mode & Coming soon page. Using default Wordpress markup, No ads, no paid upgrades.

As a web developer working with Wordpress almost every day, very often I came across problem that If I wanted simple maintenance plugin to do some updates on my or client's website, I came across all these useless and overcomplicated plugins until I decided that I'll make one myself which will be the one I'll be confident and happy to use with ease.

Maintenance Mode is very simple and it's using Wordpress's wp_die() function which is core function of Wordpress, which makes this plugin feel and work as a part of Wordpress core. There is settings page under "Settings" in the main wp-admin menu where you can enable maintenance mode or change content using WYSIWYG editor so you can also add pictures, links etc. When activated and logged in as admin, you can see website as usual, rest of the users / visitors can see maintenance mode. You can see the maintenance mode as admin in preview mode using preview link on the settings page or simply open website in private mode or different browser to double check if it's enabled and working. There is also indicator in admin bar that changes colour to red when maintenance mode is enabled.

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  • Simplicity - Built to be as simple as possible. Easy to use.
  • Customisable - WYSIWYG available in full glory. You can add images and other media including links and pretty much everything you can do with WYSIWYG. Text / Code tab is available too for custom markup.
  • Works on mobile - Because of it's simplicity, maintenance mode works very well on mobile devices.
  • NO ADS - No ads. Seriously.
  • NO PAID UPGRADES - No paid upgrades. Seriously.
  • Updates - Regular updates and maintenance.
  • Support - Support button available.
  • Preview - Preview button available.
  • Compact - It's developed to be as compact as possible.
  • Role Control - User Role control is available since 2.0

Important! Users that are using Cache plugins, please read below:
When enabling or disabling Maintenance Mode, don't forget to flush your cache!


  • Filter page title while in maintenance mode
  • Control visibility of admin bar indicator


  • Runs at the beginning of core maintenance method

Having trouble? Please read FAQ first, if you need any assistance, you can use support button on the settings page of the Maintenance Mode.

Development on GitHub
The development of Maintenance Mode takes place on GitHub. Bugs and pull requests are welcomed there.

Author Lukas Juhas
Contributors LukasNeptun
Tags coming soon, maintenance, maintenance mode, offline, site maintenance, under construction, website maintenance
  1. lj-maintenance-mode screenshot 1

    Example with default message.

  2. lj-maintenance-mode screenshot 2

    Admin Bar Indicator (Red when active)

  3. lj-maintenance-mode screenshot 3

    Settings page in admin view with default message.

  4. lj-maintenance-mode screenshot 4

    Settings page in admin view with advanced settings.

  5. lj-maintenance-mode screenshot 5

    Example with image and link.

  6. lj-maintenance-mode screenshot 6

    Insert Media available for WYSIWYG.

  1. Upload lj-maintenance-mode to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  3. Navigate to Settings -> Maintenance Mode or simply click on Admin Bar indicator for settings to enable maintenance mode.


  • Add French translation (Thanks to @doume)


  • Added missing translation strings (Thanks to @doume for reporting this issue)
  • Updated advanced settings toggle (Thanks to @doume for reporting this issue)


  • Updated POT file.(Thanks to @doume for reporting this issue)
  • Corrected typo for w3 total cache warning message. (Thanks to @doume for reporting this issue)


  • Fixed typo in variable ($cache_plugin_enabled). (Thanks to @doume for reporting this issue)



  • From now on, you can change status code being used while using maintenance mode between 503 (maintenance mode) or 200 (for "coming soon" page)
  • Correct support url
  • General code tidy up


  • added WPML compatibility
  • added TML (Theme My Login) compatibility
  • Fixed issue where plugin capabilities were not being removed on uninstall
  • Shorten admin bar indicator text, added icon
  • Add support link to the plugins page
  • Minor code tidy up


  • Added Lithuanian translation (Thanks to @gedeminas)


  • Added Spanish Translations. (Thanks to @bcien)
  • Fixed issue where on non English sites admin bar indicator was broken.


  • Fix db prefixing while getting roles. thanks @gablau
  • Further checks improvements regarding problems caused by latest update for some users
  • Add missing function wrapper for translations


  • Improved checks regarding problems caused by latest update for some users


  • Advanced settings
  • Role Control
  • You can now change title of the site while Maintenance Mode is enabled (in advanced settings)
  • General tidy up of code
  • Fix issue where Jetpack share was appearing in maintenance mode
  • Settings page tidy up and corrections to formatting.


  • Added German (DE) translations. (Thanks to Hoellenwesen)


  • Update Pot file
  • Small adjustments


  • Bug fixes


  • Bug fixes (Thanks to @gablau)
  • Security fixes - saving content more safely (Thanks to @gablau)
  • Languages: Add Italian (100%) (Thanks to @gablau)
  • Add compatibility while installed along with wp-maintenance-mode @gablau)
  • Code: Avoid duplicating same code and use it as method instead.
  • Code: Tidy up default messages and group them together within method to avoid repeating yourself and also searching all across code in order to change the messages in the future.


  • Improvement: If MM is enabled, added message describing how to check if the maintenance mode is enabled as this was causing lot of confusion and unnecessary support tickets.
  • Improvement: Move preview and support buttons to a more convenient place, also highlight the preview button.
  • Languages: Add Canadian (100%), Hungarian(83%) languages.


  • Fixed: Issue where non admin users could see admin bar indicator.


  • Google is being notified right way from now on.
  • Typo corrections
  • General code tidy up


  • Translations adjustments and corrections. Plugin is now fully translatable.
  • Small code refactor and tidy up.
  • Correct various typo issues.


  • Bug fixes.
  • Deprecated clear cache functionality as it caused errors to some users. From now on, plugin shows simple reminder to flush cache after enabling or disabling Maintenance Mode.


  • Improvement: Improved Multisite Support.
  • Improvement: Show default maintenance message in the settings.
  • Improvement: Uninstalling will now clean up database.
  • Improvement: Added support link to the settings page.
  • Improvement: Translatable strings.
  • Improvement: Changed default site title while MM is active.
  • Improvement: Added preview button.
  • Improvement: Added support button.
  • Improvement: Added support for WP Super Cache.
  • Improvement: Added support for W3 Total Cache.
  • Bug Fixes.


  • Bug Fixes.


  • Added Indicator to Admin menu bar.
  • Added Settings button on plugins page.
  • Added Default maintenance mode message.
  • Bug Fixes.


  • First release.

Is this plugin really ad free ?


Can I change background colour?

Not by default. Unless you are developer and you "inject" your own styles in to the wp_die() page.

Plugin doesn't seem to work. What should I do ?

First, if you are using Cache plugin such as WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache, flush all your cache. Secondly, disable all other plugins and try enabling just Maintenance Mode and see if problem persist. This should solve most common problems. If not, don't hesitate to contact me via Support button from Settings page

Version 2.2.5

Requires WordPress version: 3.5 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 25 Jan 2017

Date Added: 27 Nov 2014

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