How to Temporarily Disable a WordPress Website

From hosting a coming soon page for a website launch to a maintenance page for an under construction website, these two options are the most likely used although there are a number of reasons to temporarily disable a WordPress website.

For instance, I stumbled into the website design and development business in the early 2000’s. From design to hosting, I’ve amassed a good growing base of monthly subscriptions to our web hosting services.

While the web hosting was not intentionally marketed, it has been a steady flow of business amongst the web design and development, search marketing, and domain buying and selling.

In the early days, managing payments for web hosting services was a complete nightmare and laborious black hole at times. Fast forward to today, and there are a number of ways to manage monthly subscription payments.

However, associating website non-payment from a customer for a website can still send one down a rabbit hole if the right solutions are chosen.

Nevertheless, I’ve used a number of manual tools to suspend WordPress websites for non-payment, under construction, or maintenance mode sessions.

While you could completely password protect a WordPress website using brute force password directory access or a password-protect WordPress plugin, I recommend using the WP Maintenance Mode plugin.

By the name, you’ll likely assume that WP Maintenance Mode will only address maintenance for WordPress websites, but not so fast there.

WP Maintenance Mode not only addresses maintenance sessions, but it also offers the following responsive-ready capabilities:

  • Traditional newsletter subscriptions
  • Automated bot engagement
  • Contact forms
  • Social media icons and links
  • Countdown timer
  • Custom layout, text, colors, images, backgrounds and more…

I really like WP Maintenance Mode because the sky is the limit when it comes to offering a truly customized experience. If you can dream it, then you can build it using WP Maintenance Mode.

If you’re considering using WP Maintenance Mode for non-payment of a customer’s website, then I recommend using Hide My Site instead. It doesn’t come with as many bells and whistles as WP Maintenance Mode (premium add-ons can get you there though), but it does do the trick! 😉

Last but not least, watch this quick video tutorial as I demonstrate the ins and outs when using WP Maintenance Mode.

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Written by Alvin Brown
He's an experienced and passionate serial entrepreneur, founder and publisher of Kickstart Commerce. Alvin possesses a great love for startups dominating their market using profitable digital strategies for greater commerce.