This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

JF3 Maintenance Redirect


This plugin is intended primarily for designers / developers that need to allow clients to preview sites
before being available to the general public or to temporarily hide your WordPress site while undergoing
major updates.

Any logged in user with WordPress administrator privileges will be allowed to view the site regardless
of the settings in the plugin

The behavior of this can be enabled or disabled at any time without loosing any of settings configured in
it’s settings pane. However, deactivating the plugin is recommended versus having it activated while

A list if IP addresses can be setup to completely bypass maintenance mode. This option is useful when
needing to allow a client’s entire office to access the site while in maintenance mode without needing to
maintain individual access keys.

Access keys work by creating a key on the user’s computer that will be checked against when maintenance
mode is active. When a new key is created, a link to create the access key cookie will be emailed to the
email address provided. Access can then be revoked either by disabling or deleting the key.

This plugin allows three (3) methods of notifying users that a site is undergoing maintenance:

  1. They can be presented with a message on a page created by information entered into the plugin settings

  2. They can be presented with a custom HMTL page

  3. They can be redirected to a static page. This static page will need to be uploded to the server via
    FTP or some other method. This plugin DOES NOT include any way to upload the static page file.


  • Settings Panel Screenshot


  1. Upload the jf3-maintenance-mode folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.

  2. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress.

  3. Configure the settings through the JF Maint Redir settings panel.


Why don’t you have any FAQs

We haven’t received any questions yet.


Works every time!

Even though this hasn’t been updated, it’s an excellent plugin and I use it on all my sites. Love the fact that you can share an access key with a client (best to mail it to yourself and then send them the link so it doesn’t get caught in their junk mail). Two thumbs up from me!!

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Contributors & Developers

“JF3 Maintenance Redirect” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




Updated to return 503 header when enabled to prevent indexing of maintenance page.

Also, wildcards are allowed to enable entire class C ranges. Ex: 10.10.10.*

A fix affecting some installations using a static page has been added. Thanks to Dorthe Luebbert.


Fixed bug in Unrestricted IP table creation.


Updated settings panel issue in WordPress 3.0 and moved folder structure to work properly with WordPress auto install.


First release. No Changes Yet.