This post describe how to enable maintenance mode in WordPress, and how to customize the page that WordPress displays when it is in maintenance mode.
ENABLING MAINTENANCE MODE
By default, when WordPress is in maintenance mode visitors receive the following message:
Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.
The most common maintenance mode scenario is when WordPress does an update. However, there may be times, such as during development or testing, when you want to manually enable maintenance mode. To do this, follow these steps:
1.Log in to your account using cPanel or SSH.
2.Using the cPanel File Manager, or at the command prompt, go to the directory where you installed WordPress.
3.Using your preferred text editor, create a file named .maintenance.
4.Copy the following code and then paste it into the .maintenance file:
$upgrading = time();
5.Save the changes to the .maintenance file.
6.Maintenance mode is now active for the site. To restore normal site operation, delete the .maintenance file.
CUSTOMIZING THE MAINTENANCE MESSAGE
As shown before, WordPress displays a default message “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance” when it is in maintenance mode. you can customize the page that WordPress displays when it is in maintenance mode.
To do this, follow these steps:
- Using SSH or the cPanel File Manager, navigate to the wp-content subdirectory in the directory where you installed WordPress.
- Using your preferred text editor, create a file named maintenance.php.
- In the maintenance.php file, add the HTML or PHP code that you want to use when WordPress is in maintenance mode. WordPress will use the maintenance.php file instead of displaying the default message.