How to turn on and manage WordPress Maintenance Mode in Plesk

WordPress Toolkit is a management interface that allows you to install, configure, and manage WordPress in Plesk easily. In this article, we’ll show you how to turn on and manage WordPress Maintenance Mode in Plesk. Start out by accessing your Plesk control panel through your HostPapa Dashboard

Please note that WordPress Toolkit can install, configure, and manage WordPress version 4.9 and later, and the extension is free with the Web Pro and Web Host Plesk editions. It’s available for a fee for the Web Admin edition. 

How to turn on Maintenance Mode

When a WordPress website enters maintenance mode, the website’s content will be hidden from visitors, but not changed or affected. Visitors who access your website when it’s in maintenance mode will see a maintenance screen rather than the website’s content.

Your WordPress website will enter maintenance mode automatically when you are: 

  • Upgrading your WordPress installation
  • Copying data from one WordPress website to another

If you’re changing your website and want to hide it from your visitors temporarily, you can manually put it into maintenance mode.

To manually put a WordPress website into maintenance mode, follow these steps: 

  1. Go to WordPress.

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  2. Choose the WordPress installation you want to put into maintenance mode. 
  3. Turn on Maintenance mode on the installation card.

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To take your website out of maintenance mode, turn off Maintenance mode.

How to customize maintenance mode

Plesk WordPress Toolkit allows you to change specific settings of the maintenance page to make it more information, for example, you can:

  • Change the text displayed on the maintenance page 
  • Add a countdown timer 
  • Add or remove links to social network pages 

To customize the maintenance page, follow these steps: 

  1. Go to WordPress.
  2. Choose the WordPress installation whose maintenance page you want to customize.
  3. Click the gear icon next to Maintenance mode on the installation card.

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  4. In the Screen Text section, you can change the text that will be displayed – use HTML tags to format the appearance of the text.

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  5. In the Timer section, you can set up and turn on the countdown timer displayed on the maintenance page. Note: The timer is meant to inform visitors about the estimated duration of the downtime. Your website will not be automatically taken out of maintenance when the countdown completes – you must do it manually.

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  6. In the Social Network Links section, add or remove links to social network pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).

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  7. Click OK to save.

If you have coding skills, you can customize the maintenance page even more than the above. 

To customize the maintenance page for a particular website, follow these steps: 

  1. Go to WordPress.
  2. Choose the WordPress installation that you want to customize.
  3. Click the gear icon next to Maintenance mode on the installation card.
  4. Click Customize.

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  5. Edit the maintenance page template in Code Editor.
  6. Click Save.

To restore the default maintenance page, follow these steps: 

  1. Go to WordPress.
  2. Choose the WordPress installation whose maintenance page you want to reset to default.
  3. Click the gear icon next to Maintenance mode on the installation card.
  4. Click Restore Default.

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If you need help with Plesk, please open a support ticket from your dashboard.

 

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