A “coming soon” page shows the expected date of launching your WordPress website. It usually shows an announcement, banner, or a countdown timer widget for more information on your site schedule.
Setting up a coming soon page in WordPress doesn’t ask for technical routines. You can manually set things or use a WordPress plugin for the said purpose.
After you’ve set up the coming soon page, your site’s home page shows the page you’ve configured.
Selecting a plugin or going for the manual method depends on personal preference. However, for page speed and performance, we suggest the manual routine for setting up maintenance or coming soon page.
Before proceeding, keep in mind the importance of setting up a coming soon page. If you don’t configure one, your site’s visitors see the base home page while constructing your website, sometimes feels broken or shows sensitive information.
By setting up a coming soon page, you can safely continue with developmental routines and proceed to go live once you finish developing your WordPress website.
Methods for setting up a coming soon page
- Manual Process: It requires coding knowledge. In this method, you create a coming soon page, or get one (already created) and proceed to upload to your site’s root folder.
- Use a WordPress Plugin: A WordPress plugin helps you easily display a “coming soon page” in WordPress. You can install a plugin from the WordPress Plugins Directory and set options for showing a ‘coming soon page’.
A manual method or use a Plugin?
- Manual routine helps you avoid page speed effects, but requires technical knowledge at a basic level.
- Installing a WordPress plugin is beginner-friendly, quickly sets up a coming soon page with point-and-click options.
Setting up a coming soon page in WordPress
(1) Manual method
Create a coming soon page manually with Online HTML Editor, copy the code and paste in Notepad.
Don’t forget to save the file as index.html at the end.
Now upload (index.html) file to the root of your site. After upload, make sure to refresh the File Manager. Also, make sure the file name is identical to index.html.
You’ll need to log into your Hosting cPanel -> File Manager to upload the (index.html) file.
After you upload the (index.html) file, you can see your site home page shows the uploaded (index.html) file.
If for example, you don’t prefer creating your own ‘coming soon page’, proceed and download one (already created) and upload the files to your site’s root folder.
(2) Use a WordPress plugin
Simply put, you can also install a plugin to create and show a ‘coming soon page’ on your website.
Head over to Plugins -> Add New option to install a new plugin.
Search for SeedProd and proceed to install/activate the first plugin that appears.
After installing the plugin, head over to SeedProd -> Settings at the left panel in WordPress Dashboard.
Go through all the options, enable the Coming soon or Maintenance mode, and save changes at the end.
Once you finish setting up various options, you can browse to your site home page and see the plugin in action. (You’ll see the coming soon or maintenance mode only in Logged-Out mode)
Once you finish developing your site, you can change the SeedProd options to show your site’s actual home page or proceed to uninstall the entire plugin. Similarly, if you’ve set up a ‘coming soon page’ manually, continue to log into your Hosting cPanel and remove the files you’ve uploaded for showing the coming soon page.
Over to you
Whether you go for the manual method to create and set up a coming soon page or use a WordPress plugin, you can easily fold things as a beginner.
In manual routine, you need to create and upload a ‘coming soon page’ yourself or download and upload one from the Internet. In the same manner, you can also go for installing a plugin, set various options, and finalize things for showing a “coming soon page” in WordPress.
To complete the manual routine, you’ll need to log into your Hosting cPanel and use the upload option to upload files to the root of your WordPress website. While on the other hand, you can use the Plugins -> Add New option to install and activate a WordPress plugin for setting up a coming soon page.
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