Coming soon and maintenance pages are not as popular as they used to be. For one thing, it’s faster to get a website running today than it was even just a few years ago thanks to themes like Divi and tools like the Divi builder. There’s still a need for them, though, and Divi is a great choice to build them. In this article, we’ll see how to build a maintenance mode page for your Divi website.
What is Maintenance Mode?
Using maintenance mode can be tricky. If maintenance mode is used incorrectly, it can make your site look unfinished and scare readers away. Used correctly, maintenance mode can provide information and attract readers, and even get their help in spreading the news of your website.
The best use of a maintenance page is to show that your site is coming soon, provide information about the site, show when the site will be available, share your social links in order to build your social following, and capture emails to build your email list. All of this can be done while you’re building the site. This helps make it possible to have readers on the day of launch.
Another option is to tease a product while you build the website for it. Show information about the product, capture emails, include social buttons, and provide information about when the product will be ready.
It doesn’t make as much sense to use it for one page on your website since pages can be hidden until they’re ready for public viewing. If you’re actually performing maintenance it’s probably better to restore a previous backup than for your website to be down for a long period of time.
It also doesn’t make sense to take the site down while you’re working on a redesign. It’s easy enough to use a staging site to create new designs so you don’t need to take your website down until a redesign is complete.
If you’re making major changes to your site, like a redesign, it’s a good idea to leave the original site running until you’re ready to make the change. Once the site is in the final stages and is ready to go live, you could turn on maintenance mode and perform your final testing before the site goes live.
You’ll need a good plugin and a well-designed layout.
Maintenance Mode Plugins
1. Divi Switch
2. Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode by SeedProd
3. WP Maintenance Mode
Maintenance Mode Layouts for Divi
1. Maintenance Pages – Premium Divi Layouts
Divi Switch comes with 10 Free 404 and Maintenance page layouts that can be customized to create your own stunning designs. Layouts come in JSON format, so you can import them to your Divi Library in one click. Preview Layouts >>
Layouts are available for free for Annual and Lifetime Members. See Everything Included in The Membership
2. Divi Coming Soon Pages Layout Pack
This one is from Elegant Themes. It’s a free download from the Divi 100. It includes 8 different layouts that include background images, a company message, countdown timers, read more button, email signup forms, and a progress bar.
3. Coming Soon Layout – Background Hero Slider with Bloom
Maintenance mode is easy to use and, if used correctly, can be beneficial. You’ll need a good plugin and a nice layout. Another option is to only publish the page with the maintenance layout or keep them private until you’re ready to publish the website.
However you decide to use them, Divi is an excellent theme to create maintenance mode pages to keep your visitors informed, build your email list and social following, and have readers when your site launches.
Do you use maintenance mode or coming soon pages? Let us know in the comments below.