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Maintenance Mode Plugin

Plugin is compatible up to WordPress 3.0.1+.

This plugin adds a splash page to your blog that lets visitors know your blog is down for maintenance. Logged in administrators get full access to the blog including the front-end.

When the maintenance mode is activated, the following message is being displayed:
Maintenance Mode

Of course you can fully modify this message in the plugin’s options.


Download Latest Version 5.4
for WordPress 2.7 and later (incl. WP 3.0)

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This plugin can be installed in 2 easy steps:

  1. Decompress the .zip archive and upload the files into your plugins folder (located at /wp-content/plugins/) or into a sub folder of the plugins folder.
  2. Activate the plugin from your WordPress admin panel.

Installation instructions in other languages:

Usage & Options

Activation and further options

To activate the Maintenance Mode, navigate to WordPress Administration » Settings » Maintenance Mode, select ‚Activate‘ and save the options. You can also change the message and various other options.

Template Tag is_maintenance()

You can use the template tag is_maintenance() to display a message in the theme when the maintenance mode is activated. This is helpful to not forget the enabled maintenance mode when you are logged in to WordPress. You can add it to the header.php or index.php of the theme, example:

<?php if (function_exists('is_maintenance') && is_maintenance() ) {
	echo '<div style="padding: 3px; margin: 10px 0 10px 0; border: 2px solid red;">The Maintenance Mode is activated. Please don\'t forget to <a href="/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=maintenance-mode.php">deactivate</a> it as soon as you are done.</div>';

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Although I deactiveted the plugin, my feeds still show the maintenance mode page. What is going wrong?
    A: This has nothing to do with the plugin directly, some other sofware is still caching your feed. Are you using feedburner? Then you should ping your blog, but please note that feedburner is not very quick, so it may take a few minutes until your feed is being displayed correctly again.
  • Q: After I have deactivated the plugin, it is still showing up in Google, but when you click on the link it brings you to the live site.
    A: In general you are depending on the „Google Spider“ to re-index your website. You can try to re-add your website, but the spider will return in regular waves anyhow. Check Google indexing questions for more information.
    Also, please note that Google is not very fast with re-indexing, so it can take even a week or more for Google spiders to get back to your website.
  • Q: When surfing on my blog with the Maintenance Mode activated with Internet Explorer and Safari, both browsers want to download the maintenance splash page instead of displaying. The content-type is utf8_general_ci as http header.
    A: That sounds weird. Please try to add <?php header('Content-type: text/html; charset=utf-8'); ?> as the first line in the file maintenance-mode_site.php and let me know if this works for you.


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Version History and Changelog



  • Thanks to Frank Bueltge for his „Wartungsmodus“ plugin which is an extension to Angsuman Chakraborty’s plugin „Site Unavailable“. Maintenance Mode was originally based on both plugins in year 2006.
  • Thanks to Naoko for mentioning this plugin in her Japanese WordPress book and for her Japanese localizations.
  • Thanks to Kurtis Amundson for the WordPress login theme.
  • Thanks for the following localizations: Gianni Diurno (Italian), Patricia (Belorussian), Bruno (French), Chestnut (Japanese), André Luiz (Brazilian Portuguese), Elvis (Russian), Volodymyr Fedyk (Ukrainian)


I don’t have the time to support you on the implementation and usage of this plugin. Also the comments at this page have been turned off for this reason. However a donation may help to change my mind and support you anyway :)

How to Report a Bug: Before you report a bug, please make sure you have double-checked that you have followed the above installation instructions correctly.
Please send me your bug report by e-mail.
Bug reports are highly appreciated and will help for the continuous improvement of this plugin, however I can’t promise to get back to you in time regarding your reported bug.



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