WordPress Maintenance Mode

Why haven’t I encountered/thought of this before?! If you noticed earlier, this site and the WPF2 demo site where giving off some 404s…embarrassing but oh well. Planning to write a post about all of that later. Anyways, maintenance mode is a setting you can turn on to let viewers know things are being changed/updated. There’s a way to do it without a plugin, but I went the plugin route and chose Maintenance Mode Notify. Instead of a splash page, it gives you a nice little bar at the top like this:

The default one is yellow with small green text that is hard to read, so I added this to style.css to make the bar stick out a little more:

.alertmaintenance.topyellowbar.blink {
    background-color: maroon;
    color: white;
    font-family: "Verdana";
    font-size: 1.3em;
    font-weight: bold;

If you aren’t making really intense changes, this is a nice way to keep your content up but to let people know not to judge you for mistakes :)