When you start developing a WordPress site – no matter if for a client or a private project – chances are you want to see how your site may look in a real environment but without letting regular users see your unfinished work. This is where “Coming Soon” pages come into play.
There are several plugins available for activating maintenance mode or for creating “under construction” or “coming soon” pages. One of the most pupular here in Gemany is WP Maintenance Mode by Frank Bültge. That´s a fantastic free plugin that I used to use in many projects. But the features are of course limited and I always looked for a more flexible solution. So I stumbled over the premium (paid) “Seedprod Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode” plugin.
The plugin is very feature rich and offers tons of options. With this plugin it´s dead simple and lightning fast to create coming soon pages or maintenance pages with an individual look and feel. It works with any WordPress theme (of course: it´s a plugin). It´s simple to install and use. It offers several interfaces with services like MailChimp or Campaign Monitor. Intergration of social media is easy as 1,2,3 and of course you can control all the design and layout of your specific page. On the plugins website you find a showcase with lots of great examples.
One of the best things is the integration of even complex forms (e.g. Gravity Forms). This allows you to interact with your users even before public launch of your website.
Once the plugin is activated and the coming soon page is set up you can continue to create your website in the background. Regular visitors just see your coming soon page whilst you can login and use the site just like it was already launched. You can even provide a temporary link to your client and let him see his site as well without logging in. That is great for pre-launch presentations.
Seedprod Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode is a great plugin and at 49$ for a developer licence it´s worth every dollar. I don´t wanna miss it anymore.