Easily let website visitors know your site is undergoing maintenance.
The page 'How to create a Maintenance Mode Theme' describes the process.
Maintenance mode is only shown to visitors who are not logged in. The easiest way to check things yourself is view your site with a different browser type than the one you're logged in with (i.e. if you're logged in with Chrome, view the site in Firefox or Internet Explorer or vice versa).
Alternatively, you can log out or view the site in incognito/private mode with an instance of the same browser type.
Make sure your theme is in the user theme directory and not in the plugins directory where the built-in themes are. Maintenance Mode pulls themes from both the plugins directory AND the user theme directory, however only the user theme directory is preserved between updates.
Therefore, if you want to doctor a theme you'll need to first copy it from the plugins directory into the user theme directory, as explained in 'How to create a Maintenance Mode Theme'.
The plugin returns a '503' status with 'retry later' HTTP header when in maintenance mode. This lets search engines know that your site is temporarily down and to come back 24 hours later.
Every once in a great while other plugins installed on a system can interact with Maintenance Mode to prevent access to wp-admin. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, use the maintenance mode manual override.
Simply add the following line to your wp-config.php file:
Afterward either uninstall or reconfigure the conflicting plugins.
If you aren't comfortable doing this or are unsure how to do this, please contact me and I'll be happy to walk you through the process.
Please capture as much information you can about your system, specifically use the error log to gather new information if you are comfortable. The Easy Pie Error Log Guide outlines how to do this. Then, please let me know what's going on, with as much detail as you have.
Requires: 3.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.9.1
Last Updated: 2014-6-7
5 of 6 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.
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