Today I’m bringing you a review of a terrific plugin I’ve laid hands on recently. SeedProd’s Coming Soon Pro was created with goal of becoming WordPress’s quintessential Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode plugin. The initial version launched in the WordPress.org repository back in July of 2011. Since that time the “Ultimate Coming Soon Page” and it’s sister plugin “Ultimate Maintenance Mode” have risen to be the top plugins in their class and have amassed over 60,000 downloads. A pro version was created in late 2011 with a richer feature set, more active roadmap and development timeline.
What’s the scope of the ‘Coming Soon Pro‘ plugin? Well, here’s what it does:
- Creates a ‘coming soon’ page
- Creates a ‘website under maintenance’ page
Yes, the scope of this plugin is quite limited, but it does it’s job perfectly well. Read on and you’ll see why I love this plugin.
As a developer who develops many WordPress sites, I many times have domains for which clients need to put up something until we finish up the whole site development? This is the classic ‘coming soon’ screen. A clever company will use this temporary page to generate curiosity and interest, possibly collecting valuable email addresses in the process. Clearly, the main focus during this time would be on building the new website, so ‘Coming Soon Pro‘ comes in really handy as it allows me to very quickly set up such a page with all the bells and whistles I could wish for.
What’s more, a really nifty feature is the ability to only show the ‘coming soon’ screen to regular visitors, while the logged-in client can actually see the real site which would be at a work-in-progress stage. Just perfect. No longer do I have to set up alternate addresses such as beta.oursite.com or new.oursite.com, the site can sit at its proper URL and only be available to the client and the developer until launch day.
Some notable features:
- Works with any WordPress theme
- Visible only to non logged-in users
- Client view for bypassing the Coming Soon page without logging in
- SEO Optimised
- Responsive design and layout
- Maintenance mode with automatic screenshot
- Integrated Google fonts
- Full browser backgrounds
- Display an incentive after sign up
The ‘Maintenance mode’ functionality of the plugin is super useful too for those instances when I want to take down a site for a few minutes in order to install some updates or perform any major changes. Although I use this part of the plugin less (I don’t like having my sites unavailable), it is still excellently executed and also features the ability to take a screenshot of the site before going into maintenance mode. The screenshot will then serve as a background to the message saying that the site is in maintenance mode.
Finally I’d also like to point out that the plugin options screen is really very nicely done, I’m including some screenshots here but you can also see how it looks in the video above.
Verdict: Coming Soon Pro by SeedProd is truly the quintessential Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode plugin for WordPress. If you are looking for a plugin that handles ‘coming soon’ or ‘under maintenance’ pages, look no further.
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