When planning to put out a new site and you already have a domain ready to go, you’re probably considering putting up a “coming soon” page, to get word of mouth going even before the site is prepared to go. Similarly, if you’re operating a live site which needs to, unfortunately, go down for a bit when you’re doing maintenance, it’s essential to have a maintenance page to fall back to.
Luckily, most plugins out there that offer one, also provide the other, so you won’t be required to divide up your software, or your finances (in case you go for a premium option). To help you out with this often unfairly overlooked part of websites, we’ve compiled a list of the 11 best plugins that cover everything you’ll need. With each entry, we’ll be sure to point out if the plugin is free, premium, or if it has both options. Without further ado, let’s start counting them down.
The first one on our list is the Under construction page plugin. The reason this is number one is primarily the fantastic editing tool, which has a user interface much like a visual editor. This, in turn, means that all the changes you’ll be doing are from a drag and drop menu, they’re all handled in real-time, and it’s really simple to use – you’ll need absolutely no coding experience to use this plugin.
For those of you not familiar with these types of editors, don’t worry, you’ll be able to grasp all the ins and outs in no time. There are two primary steps to it all – first you drag an element onto the page, after which you can edit that same element, as mentioned, in real-time, reviewing all the changes as you’re working.
Honestly, this was the main selling point for us, but there is also so much this plugin has to offer. For starters, you’ll have over a million HD and 4K images to choose from. They’re all royalty-free and ready for use within your plugin package. If for any reason, you aren’t inclined to build your page from the ground up (using the provided images or not), you’ll have over 170 professionally built templates that cover all manner of themes to repurpose for yourself. On the backend side of things, you’ll be able to monitor all traffic that goes through your site in great detail, giving you the option of making an informed decision for the future of your website. Although the primary function of the plugin is to create a maintenance page, with the versatility on offer you’ll be able to create basically any kind of one-off page that you’ll ever need.
With everything it offers, it probably won’t surprise you that this is a premium plugin. They provide both annual and lifetime licenses across several tiers and support a 100% refund policy (since there isn’t a trial period). Be sure to check out their official site for more details about payment options. If you’re looking for a serious, premium solution, you don’t need to look further, this plugin checks of all the boxes and is worth every cent.
If you’re looking for a plethora of striking images to draw attention to your site even while in maintenance mode, you will not be able to find anything much better than this plugin. Never underestimate the power of a great visual experience, especially if it looks as good as it will here.
Not only are the images breathtaking, but there’s also over a million of them for you to use in addition to over 100 pre-made customizable themes for everybody who doesn’t want to start from scratch. There simply isn’t any way you won’t be able to find something that fits perfectly with what you’ve imagined.
As we’ve mentioned, any page you’ve chosen can be further customized by directly managing all the elements present on the page. Whether you’re looking to add, remove, or rearrange something, it’s all done pretty simply through a few clicks and drags of the mouse.
One thing that really needs to be emphasized is the SEO options you’ll get to work with. A function like this is generally rare for this kind of plugin, but having it present means you’ll be able to get much more out of the whole thing by enabling you to narrow down your focus for specific target audiences.
Much like the plugin before it, this is also a premium plugin. You’ll again have various options through annual and lifetime subscriptions where you’ll be able to pick the option that works best for you. Be sure to check out the whole pricing offer on their site.
With this plugin, you’ll get an option when it comes to the premium themes. Namely, while the essential customization functions of the plugin are free, the various items are premium content. The in which you access this premium content leaves you with a choice – you can purchase a subscription through which you get access to all themes as long as your subscription lasts, or you can purchase individual themes through the store. An option like this gives you a lot of flexibility since individual themes are cheaper than subscriptions, and they remain yours to use indefinitely.
Part of the themes customization is done through a simple visual editor where you can add effects and move elements around as you see fit. Further customization can be done separately, through the menus.
Realistically, the customization options do leave a little to be desired, but the default themes are so well rounded you won’t even need that many changes to make everything look perfect.
With the great default themes it offers and flexible payment options, it’s no wonder this plugin is so high on the list and with an expanded customization scheme it goes move up even more.
The following blog offers similar functions to those that came before, but not as much variety. If you don’t want to create a page from the ground up, you’ll have limited options, with just 9 available templates and no additional images. The models themselves are quite large, with a lot of content thrown in (at least the default ones, with no customization) like forms, social media links, google maps, testimonials, etc. The emphasis is clearly on content, rather than visual presentation.
The user interface is pretty standard for WordPress plugins, so anybody with any experience working within the platform shouldn’t have a hard time figuring out how everything works. The overall functions are somewhat limited, but they do offer up pretty much everything you’ll need to create a maintenance page, you’ll just have to tweak everything a bit more than some other entries on this list.
One of the more appealing sides of the plugin is undoubtedly the low price of the premium tier. Again, not much variety to be seen. You mostly have only one premium option with the only variable being on how many sites you want to use the plugin. All in all, this can prove a right solution for those on a budget.
So far, we’ve had plugins that are primarily premium solutions. In each of those cases, you’ll get what you paid for, and in the end, you’ll be glad you’ve done so. Here, however, we have a plugin that offers all its functions and features for free but implementing paid templates, you can buy for a one-time fee.
By now, you probably think that the “free plugin” in this story is nothing but a shell to get you to buy some of the premium content, but it really isn’t. You’ll even be presented with a few basic, free templates, with the option to create your own, of course. The customization options on these are pretty rudimentary. Unfortunately – you won’t have much more than basic size/color/type options available for the present elements, along with the opportunity to upload your own background image.
There are new integrations with other popular WordPress plugins – MailChimp and MailPoet which can be used really effectively with the forms you’ll be able to put up on the page. Small caveats like these raise this particular plugin from the rest of the pack. The main attraction, even taking into account everything else is the fact that it’s free (with small and fair purchase options) and as that is the case you won’t go wrong if you opt for it instead of the pricier options.
Very much like the previous entry on this list, we again have a plugin that offers all its features for free and then provides advanced templates for a price, if you choose to opt for them. The main difference is that in this instance you aren’t buying models, but a subscription, which in turns provides you with access to 6 extra templates you can use. It’s fair to say there is a stark difference between the two freely available basic templates and their pro counterparts.
No matter which template you chose to use, you’ll be able to customize it to better fit your needs. The editor is a version of the “visual editor type.” Unfortunately, it’s rather clunky to use, which is really strange to say, since visual editors tend to be much more user-friendly than other solutions. The block adding, moving, and editing simply isn’t done very well and there sure is a lot of room for improvement.
On the bright side, the pro templates are perfect. Good enough to not warrant any editing aside from textual content about your site correctly. The aforementioned subscriptions come in three tiers, all differing in the number of pages you get the license for. It’s tough no to always look back at the “free” tag with these kinds of things. Especially if it’s a reliable product that all things considered provides all the features even at that level and that is precisely the reason this plugin is on the list.
If you’re looking for something different that will make your page more noticeable than the next one, you should give this plugin a go. The main selling point here is the animation features, which can blend multiple beautiful images into something brand new and exciting. A plugin like this can prove to be ideal for those among us who simply can’t settle on just one image.
If you’ve ever worked with PowerPoint, you’ll get the hang of the mechanic immediately. Basically, you’ll get to set up animations and essential characteristics for your elements (text, pictures, forms, etc.) and your background images. Each of them will then behave according to the set timers and patterns.
All these features are free to use within the plugin, and these are more than enough to create a great final product, but if you don’t have the time to create a site yourself, you’re free to use one of many provided pre-made pages, for a fee.
With over 100 pro themes to choose from, you’ll certainly find something for yourself, but we do encourage you to try making something yourself since this plugin really offers you a chance to be unique.
In case you’re looking for something bafflingly easy to use, you’ve come to the right place with this plugin. It took us literally seconds to create a test maintenance site by using just the default page options after installation.
You can go through the various tabs to mix and match all the elements that go into the page, but this is not needed in the slightest. Everything is already so well thought out you’ll probably just make something worse rather than improving on it. Granted the page is rather simple in design, but it gets the message across and checks all the boxes your visitors will need.
Add to everything the fact that it’s free (again with advanced payable themes available) and you have probably the best plugin for beginners on the list.
Another free plugin, this one has pop-up forms set up by default. It integrates multiple links that lead to a notification subscription making your visitor enticed to sign up to get information about your site in the future, once you’ve set everything up. An approach like this can be beneficial to new pages that are just starting up and need to build some kind of following as soon as they can.
All the necessary editing options are here, from the timer and various buttons to text size and color. We should point out a somewhat rare feature of a mail service integration, which not every plugin like this has.
Just like most of the free solutions from the back end of this list, we can safely say that this is a plugin that has all the essentials you’ll need, with a few little extra features that make it more or less unique.
Unlike other entries on this list, there is an enormous gap between the free and paid version of this particular plugin. A large number of them share many of the features, with some of them only having advanced templates behind paywalls. Here, however, you’ll get tiny if you aren’t willing to pay for it.
If you do opt for the premium package, however, you’ll get access to a decent database of images and themes, as well as a visual editor for your page, again, unfortunately, not as robust as you may think.
The price of admission isn’t that high. However, there are far better premium options available, and that’s the main reason this plugin is so low on the list.
This plugin is excellent for those who want something done rather quickly and without much work. The templates you’ll have to choose from are ready to go right of the bat. Even the images contained in the templates are really good, so you don’t need to change all that much.
Unfortunately, there is a downside, and it concerns the rather weak customization options. It’s a good thing you don’t need to change that much since you won’t be able to most of the time. The price for this plugin isn’t high and for the lowest tier the subscription lasts for 6 months, so this serves as a right solution for situations where you just need a temporary page.