So you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and get your own website. You’re probably excited and can’t wait to show everyone your new online home but the problem is, your website isn’t quite ready. After all, simply installing WordPress with the default theme won’t make a great first impression.
The good news is that you don’t have to wait until you have everything ready to let your audience know where they can find you online. You can install a coming soon plugin which allows you to create a placeholder page where you can tell people when you’ll be launching and invite them to join your email list so they can be the first to know when the website is ready.
In this post, I’ll share the best coming soon plugins for WordPress and talk about when these plugins come in handy.
The plugins below range from free to paid and they can be used whether you’re looking to build a coming soon page for your new website or if you need to do maintenance work on your existing website.
The first plugin on the list, Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode by SeedProd has over 800,000 active installs and 5-star rating. The plugin can be downloaded for free from the official repository and makes it easy to enable the coming soon or maintenance mode from your dashboard.
You can easily add a countdown timer to let people know when your website will be launching, customize the background, and upload your own logo. If you want more advanced features such as the ability for visitors to sign up for your email list or adding video backgrounds, you’ll have to opt for the premium version of the plugin.
Pricing starts at $29.60/year for 1-site license.
The WP Maintenance Mode boasts over 600,000 active installs and a solid 4-star rating. This plugin has a number of useful features. For starters, you can easily customize how your maintenance or coming soon page will look like. Second, you can collect email addresses and export them into a .csv file. The plugin also allows you to add a countdown timer, display your social media profiles, and add a contact form to simply allow visitors to contact you.
WP Maintenance Mode works with any WordPress theme and can be used on a multisite WordPress installation.
This plugin is completely free.
Not to be confused with the first plugin on this list, the Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode plugin plugin is a premium solution that allows you to quickly put your site into maintenance mode or create a coming soon page. This plugin comes integrated with 650+ background images and customizable, premade themes that you can use as a starting point for your coming soon page.
In terms of leads and subscribers, this plugin integrates with a variety of email marketing providers and you can even use Zapier to connect it with numerous other services. The plugin offers a handy demo that you can try out before installing it on your site and seeing if it suits your needs.
This is a premium plugin (a limited, free version can be downloaded from the plugin repository) whose pricing starts at $79 for 1-site license. It’s worth mentioning this is a one-time fee so definitely give this plugin a try if you need a robust solution.
The Maintenance plugin has over 400,000 active installs and a 4,5-star rating. This plugin offers a simple, no-frills solution to create a coming soon or maintenance page on your site. In terms of customization, you can add your logo, background image, text, and select the desired color to preserve your brand identity.
This plugin has a pro version available from CodeCanyon that offers more features such as the ability to add email sign up forms that integrate with MailChimp, background videos, countdown timers, and more. The Pro version is available for $26 and comes with 6 months of support.
The WordPress Coming Soon plugin has many of the same features as the plugins above. It’s another plugin that has both a free and a premium version. The free version does include the ability to collect email addresses, although you will have to manually add them to your email service provider.
The pro version of the plugin adds a ton of animation and customization options such as the ability to create a background slider, use background video, and several premade templates that you can use as a starting point.
The premium version of the plugin is available for $14 for 1-site license.
Lastly, the Under Construction plugin has more than 300,000 active installs, a 5-star rating, and claims to be the easiest and fastest way to get a coming soon or maintenance page up and running. The plugin offers the ability to automatically disable construction mode on a set date and integrates with Google Analytics.
You can easily add different content to your page using premade blocks and display your social media icons. The plugin also includes several premade templates and releases a new template with each plugin update. You can collect email addresses even on the free version thanks to MailOptin integration and if you need more advanced features such as drag and drop page builder, affiliate tracking, and more, you can upgrade to the pro version of the plugin.
The pro version is available for a one-time payment of $69 for a single site license.
Coming Soon plugins have a few different uses aside from being used as a temporary placeholder page. Here’s how else you can use these coming soon plugins on your website.
If you’ve had your website for a while, chances are it could use a makeover. Instead of letting your visitors see the changes you’re making on your site as you make them, use a coming soon plugin to tell them your website is undergoing maintenance. You can use any of the coming soon plugins on this list whether you’re simply installing a new theme or if you’re going for a full rebrand and redesign.
Another way to use a coming soon plugin is as a landing page for various social media profiles. For example, you can use it to send traffic from social media where they can download a specific freebie or sign up for your email list.
Lastly, you can use a coming soon page to pre-sell a digital or a physical product. This works well if you already have an established audience and want to announce the launch of your new product and build hype around it at the same time.
As you can see, there is no shortage of great free and paid coming soon plugins for WordPress. Use this list as a starting point to find the best coming soon plugin for you and use them whenever you work on your website without the fear of visitors running into a blank screen or errors.
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