WordPress Maintenance mode WordPress shuts down unexpectedly while in maintenance mode? Well lucky for us, we have a way to switch it off! The WordPress maintenance mode basically is a small, wonderful feature that is built-in core to core and was first introduced in version 3.5. During the installation and upgrade process, some core backend processes will be temporarily stopped for a period of time (typically only for a couple of seconds) to facilitate the upgrading process. We can turn this “off” feature on our server and have complete control over what’s going on with our site in production.
How do we do this? WordPress allows us to switch to “normal” mode and setup maintenance mode via the permalinks. When we click on “Settings” from the main menu, WordPress will automatically open a new window. Here, we have the opportunity to select “manual” and then click on the option we prefer. You will find some options on the left hand side, which are:
It’s pretty self explanatory. When you see the icon for “manual” selection, you are enabling the WordPress Maintenance mode for running the theme changes and database maintenance manually. While in “manual” mode, all changes are made manually by the plugin writer. This means changes are done live to your theme or website in real-time. All users are immediately notified when a change has been made by either manually or automatically through the WordPress admin panel.
One of the most common WordPress Maintenance tasks is to update the list of Allowed Search Engines. An example of a piece of code you would use for this is the following:
Once you’ve tested and verified your changes, it’s time to activate the WordPress maintenance mode. If you are in maintenance mode, click on the “activate” link on the lower right corner of the page. In the “activated” section, you will see an option for selecting “manage” and clicking on it. You will then be shown your dashboard.
The WordPress maintenance plugin will display a list of plugins and their version number. Now, if you find one you want to activate, all you have to do is click on the “download and install” button. Once you have installed the selected plugin, you will automatically activate it. This will create a new login page for your site and display your free demo account.
Now that everything is running smoothly, you should go back to your dashboard and check your progress. If you notice any problems, make sure to post them in the WordPress support forums. If you have any problems with WordPress, SEO or anything else, it is always advisable to read through the WordPress tutorials that come with your hosting plan.
You might also want to activate the WordPress Maintenance mode. This will automatically save any changes made to your settings, so you won’t have to remember. This mode is great when you are busy with other things and forget about your blog. It will automatically load your blog when it is ready, but you might want to set some options first. For example, you can set the homepage to be your default website, the plugin you are using to manage your SEO and plugins like Easy WordPress SEO.
You might also want to manually start WordPress in maintenance mode. You would do this by clicking on “start” and then “manually start.” But be careful because it could seriously damage your system. The problem with manually starting WordPress is that it opens the “administrator” area which is usually off-limits to normal users.
One way to get around this is to create a special “WP-Injection” page in your main WordPress admin area. You can use the WordPress Backup plugin for this. Then you can just copy and paste your log into this page. So if you forget to log in as mentioned above, you can log in as a regular user, but if you are in maintenance mode, you can use this special page to log in as a “WP-Injection administrator”