There was a day when WordPress maintenance mode plugins were simple little things designed by developers for developers, and these little gems were very useful. Then marketers got involved.
Today the WordPress maintenance mode plugin space is a wasteland of shit. In that pile of steaming stuff, you’ll find plugins that do everything but what a respectable maintenance mode plugin should – they’re pushing you upsells and ads and layouts and countdown timers when all you really want is a fucking white screen with “down for scheduled maintenance” text to show up for people who aren’t logged in. By comparison, here’s what the maintenance mode plugin within WordPress core looks like (you’ll see it when updating plugins or a theme):
That’s why I built and freely share my TMM Maintenance Mode WordPress plugin – a distinctly HELPFUL and free maintenance mode plugin that I’ve been using for over 7 years and counting. Here’s the complete list of features:
- No options. Just activate and done.
- Hides the site from anyone who isn’t logged in – see screengrab below.
- A bright red favicon and bright red WP admin bar background color to indicate that your site is in maintenance mode (to prevent me from accidentally editing a LIVE site…which I’ve sadly done many many times) – see screengrab below.
- Zero setup integration with Andy Fragen’s fantastic Github Updater plugin for easy updating.
- No ads or spam or shit like that.
That’s it. Simple, effective, and useful! What else would you want in a maintenance mode WordPress plugin?
Want it to say something else or display your logo, just fork the project on Github or edit the files in your install accordingly (there’s only 30 lines of actual code, all contained in a single php file, in this efficient little elf).
There are 469 “maintenance mode” plugins in the WP.org repository.
If you search for “maintenance mode” on wordpress.org, you’ll find 469 free plugins that match that query. Do we really need 469 fucking WordPress maintenance mode plugins?!
Here’s what you’ll see after installing the “#1 Maintenance Mode” plugin from wp.org:
Just what I always wanted: a WordPress maintenance mode plugin with…”Smart Sections”, “Drag & Drop Page Builder”, “Landing Page Templates”, and “Premium Integrations”! Fuck you, SeedProd.
Oh, and SeedProd’s Maintenance Mode plugin also has “Growth Tools”! Fuck yeah – just what I always wanted while I’m hiding my site from public view – Growth Tools! *Snark Implied*
Have your own WordPress maintenance mode plugin horror stories to share? I’d love to hear them!
More posts from themightymo.com
A site we host on Digital Ocean recently went down. It took me a lot of troubleshooting and digging before realizing that the issue was that our disk space was maxed out on Digital Ocean. The site in question needs ~20gb of space, so our 50gb server should be plenty. But alas, there it was…
I was about to send an email to a potential customer pointing them to our 5-star Google Reviews via our Google Business profile (e.g. the Google Map), hoping this added information about our customers’ past experiences might help me close a deal. But when I checked the Google Reviews link, it was down. And after…
I had a Google Search Console issue today where it was seeing a bunch of staging urls that no longer exist. I don’t know how they got there, but here we are. 🙂 To resolve this issue, I had to: That’s it!