Just this past week, we moved into a new home! It’s just 25 miles away from where we were before, but as you can imagine, there are so many things to do with any kind of move. Needless to say, things have been hectic  for the last couple of weeks. But we are so happy with our new home and neighborhood we can’t complain. Below is a photo of my new office (“Under Construction”)  with bright sunlight coming through the window. newofficeunderconstruction-480There are obviously more things to do to get this office in shape! But once complete, I know this will be a very functional and great place to run my business and conduct training webinars from. You might have experienced something like this with your website, too. I certainly have. When you move your website, or when you build a new website, there will be times when the website is not yet ready for the public view. However, if you already have an established website URL, you don’t want to shut down the website during the “construction” period and make people think your site has disappeared in the virtual universe! That’s when the “Under Construction” or  “Coming Soon” plugins come in handy. When you install and turn on an “Under Construction” plugin, your website visitors will see a page, indicating your website is under construction and will be made live soon. Below are some of the many available plugins to accomplish this:

Under Construction / Coming Soon Plugins to Check Out


Under Construction Plugin

Creates a ‘Coming Soon’ page that will show for to the outside world; useful for developing a live site without the world being able to see it. This is a no frills plugin from Jeremy Massel  that I use all the time! http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/underconstruction/

Coming Soon

Create simple Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode pages. Work on your site while visitors see a “Coming Soon” or “Maintenance Mode” page. http://wordpress.org/plugins/coming-soon/

Easy Coming Soon Plugin

Create a customized coming soon with a background image and a place for people to enter their email and have you get notified when your site is live http://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-coming-soon/


Ultimate Maintenance Mode

Displays a screenshot of your website with an overlayed window and the reason your site is down. http://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-maintenance-mode/


Allows the WordPress site administrator to close the website for maintenance, enable “503 Service temporarily unavailable”, set a temporary page with authorization, which can be edited via the plugin settings. http://wordpress.org/plugins/maintenance/

Site Offline or Coming Soon
Use this plugin to enable/disable site offline mode. http://wordpress.org/plugins/site-is-offline-plugin/

Check them out and see which one works best for you.  Leave a comment with your thoughts below.

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