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WP Killswitch


WP Killswitch lets you non-destructively white out a WordPress website while this plugin is active (recommended as an mu-plugin).

To prevent anyone disabling or deleting this plugin it is recommended you add this to the mu-plugins directory via FTP.

When activated this plugin will white out the front end of the website and make it inaccessible for visitors. The admin panel is still visible at your admin URL. This plugin will also display a warning notification in the admin telling the client/administrator to contact their webmaster.

If you are using this plugin to hide a website while you work on fixing something for example – please note that by initiating a white out on the front end of a website, you are not deleting or turning off the website. The contents of the site will still be visible to search engines and text only browsers. Any user can still see the content by viewing the source code of the page.


If you need to activate WP Killswitch remotely for whatever reason, you can register your site at


  • What the user sees on the front end
  • The warning message displayed in the admin


  1. Upload the folder wp-killswitch to the /wp-content/mu-plugins/ directory using FTP
  2. As mu-plugins are automatically activated you’re done! Contact your client and resolve the situation asap!


April 25, 2017
OMG!!! put my heart out, squeezing the world in a plugin!! landed from an article (big article) to here, and read exactly what i wanted and guess what GOT what i wanted. So firstly, Mr. Noble has analysed greatly as a users' perspective and then coded brilliantly to achieve the same!! This is NOBLE gift to all serious developers especially from INDIA, as INDIANS clients only enjoy free technology and do not pay anything out of their pockets. So sites like FACEBOOK, WHATSAPP are playing good and the developers trying to provide their services are not treated even with a smile. So, to smash-back and make the market balanced, this is a NOBLE IDEA to the world unlike the DYNAMITE by ALFRED NOBEL, that was a total destruction, but this, is a weapon of SELF-DEFENCE and SELF-RESPECT. And i also urge to donate to this CODE OF DREAM(plugin) so this thing establishes that good ideas will retain and not the DYNAMITES!! hoping and caring for a good cause, till then you are a NOBLE GENIUS!!
September 3, 2016 1 reply
A feature to enable this remotely would be great - sometimes the client user is on an administrator permission level and can delete user accounts. Might also be worth planting an insurance file in a different directory. Works great! Thanks for your work.
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  • Re-enabled local kill switch for non-remote


  • Initial launch of the remote version
  • Updated compatible version number


  • Updated compatible version number


  • Minor file tidy
  • Updated compatible version number
  • Removed roadmap
  • Minor content tidy in the readme


  • First build