Maintenance Mode


This plugin is intended primarily for developers that need to allow clients to preview sites before being available to the general public or to temporarily hide your WordPress site while undergoing major updates.

Any logged in user with WordPress administrator privileges will be allowed to view the site regardless of the settings in the plugin. The exact privilege can be set using a filter hook — see FAQs.

The behaviour of this can be enabled or disabled at any time without losing any of settings configured in its settings pane. However, deactivating the plugin is recommended versus having it activated while disabled.

Functionality to exclude pages from maintenance mode, so only the selected pages will be visible.

When redirect is enabled it can send 2 different header types. “200 OK” is best used for when the site is under development and “503 Service Temporarily Unavailable” is best for when the site is temporarily taken offline for small amendments. If used for a long period of time, 503 can damage your Google ranking.

A list of IP addresses can be set up to completely bypass maintenance mode. This option is useful when needing to allow a client’s entire office to access the site while in maintenance mode without needing to maintain individual access keys.

Access keys work by creating a key on the user’s computer that will be checked against when maintenance mode is active. When a new key is created, a link to create the access key cookie will be emailed to the email address provided. Access can then be revoked either by disabling or deleting the key.

This plugin allows four methods of notifying users that a site is undergoing maintenance:

  1. They can be presented with a message using WordPress’s wp_die() function which is core function of WordPress, which makes this plugin feel and work as a part of WordPress core.
  2. They can be presented with a message on a page created with the style of the current template.
  3. They can be presented with a custom HMTL page.
  4. They can be redirected to a static page or external URL.



  1. Upload the hkdev-maintenance-mode folder to your plugins directory (usually /wp-content/plugins/).
  2. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress.
  3. Configure the settings through the Maintenance Mode Settings panel.

Часто задаваемые вопросы

How can I bypass the redirect programatically?

There is a filter which allow you to programatically bypass the redirection block:


This allows you to run pretty much any test you like, although be aware that the whole redirection thing runs before the $post global is set up, so WordPress conditionals such as is_post() and is_tax() are not available.

This example looks in the $_SERVER global to see if any part of the URL contains «demo»

function my_hkdev_matches( $hkdev_matches ) {
    if ( stristr( $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'], 'demo' ) ) 
        $hkdev_matches[] = "<!-- Demo -->";
    return $hkdev_matches;
add_filter( "hkdev_matches", "my_hkdev_matches" );`

Props to @brianhenryie for this!

How can I let my logged-in user see the front end?

By default, Maintenance Mode uses the manage_options cap, but that is normally only applied to administrators. As it stands, a user with a lesser permissions level, such as editor, is able to view the admin side of the site, but not the front end. You can change this using this filter:


This filter is used to pass a different WordPress capability to check if the logged-in user has permission to view the site and thus bypass the redirection, such as edit_posts. Note that this is run before $post is set up, so WordPress conditionals such as is_post() and is_tax() are not available. However, it’s not really meant for programatically determining whether a user should have access, but rather just changing the default capability to be tested, so you don’t really need to do anything other than the example below.

function my_hkdev_user_can( $capability ) {
    return "edit_posts";
add_filter( "hkdev_user_can", "my_hkdev_user_can" );


My favorite. Nice and clean interface without tons of settings and functions you don't need.
This would be a great plugin if there was an option to exclude specific pages from being in maintenance mode. Until you have that option, this plugin is of no use to me. So I will continue to search for a decent plugin to suit my exact needs. Nice try. But not quite there.
Existem milhares de plugins de este tipo mas são todos ou demasiado complexos ou com falta de funcionalidades. Este plugin tenta ser simples e funcional, ideal para developers.
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Журнал изменений


  • Updated for WordPress 5.8


  • Bug fix


  • Minor fixes


  • Added functionality to exclude pages from maintenance mode.
  • Firefox fix


  • Minor fixes


  • Added toggle switch for activating Maintenance Mode


  • Added new allowed html Tags
  • Minor improvements


  • Added new icon status on admin bar menu
  • Improve the uninstall function


  • New settings panel interface for better usability.
  • Added status indicator on the admin bar menu.
  • Plugins ready for translation.
  • Added Portuguese translation (pt-PT)
  • Security fixes.


  • First release of the new adaptation of the plugins based on the version created by petervandoorn and modified by jfinch3.