So the question comes up every once in a while of how to hide a site while it is under construction.  After all, none of us really want to have people looking at our dirty laundry.  As is so often the case, there is a plugin for that.

I wish I could remember where I picked this tip up so that I could give credit where it is due.  There is a plugin called WP Maintenance Mode.  If you need it, I have previously created a guide on how to install WordPress plugins.

WP Maintenance Mode quite simply replaces your home screen for some period of time.  By default, it replaces it with this:

WordPress Plugin Maintenance ModeThe plugin allows you to set some variables to customize it for your purposes.  Want to change the message?  Go ahead.  Want to put a timer on it so that it automatically switches off?  Go ahead.

This is everything good in a plugin.  It is simple and effective.  What more could you want?

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