Pages are very common to come across when you are looking at WordPress websites that are being built and updated. They provide website users with updates and also let Google know that a website is either under construction or maintained. You can achieve this by using an upcoming plugin for WordPress.
There are quite a few plugins coming soon. However, today, we’re going to focus on one in particular that gives you quite a lot of solid equipment.
What is a Coming Soon page?
A page that is coming soon, or a page under construction, is a page that gives users a preview or updates of what your website will be like. Basically, you’re telling visitors what’s coming soon and what the future may hold.
Most of these pages will contain other marketing information and tips that you can use to gain subscribers and market your site across social media and other avenues. When someone has updates and knows what’s going on behind the scenes, they have a better idea of what they’re waiting for and you can really get excited for the launch of your website.
I’m going to show you how to set up and set up a soon-to-be page on your WordPress site. Let’s take a look at the plugin we’re going to use today and see what it has to offer.
Coming Soon Page, Maintenance Mode and Landing Pages by SeedProd
Coming Soon Page, Maintenance Mode and Landing Pages by SeedProd is a smooth plugin that allows users to easily set up quick access and maintenance pages on a WordPress site. It is a fairly simple and easy to use plugin, albeit packed with features.
Once installed and activated, simply select what type of page you want to use, and then start building it from there using all the tools provided. The plugin sends the right messages to search engines based on what you install.
This soon-to-be plugin is packed with tons of features. Some of the main ones include:
- Works with Any WordPress Theme
- Drag and Drop Page Builder
- Create 404 Pages
- Tons of Blocks to Build Around
- Mobile Ready
- Add Custom CSS and HTML
- Multisite Support
- Ready for Translation
- BuddyPress support
- Uses WordPress Best Practices
- Multiple Page Styles
You can implement an image that is coming soon too, or style and customize the plugin exactly how you want. Let it set and run together so you have it on hand when needed.
Note: There is a pro version of this plugin. It opens up many great features and tools that you might be interested in. If so, feel free to check it out. The tutorial below is based on the free version of the plugin.
Install the Coming Soon Plugin
Step 1: Install and Start the Plugin
Before you can add a soon-to-be page to your site, you first need to install and activate the plugin. You can easily do this by going over to the Plugins page in the WordPress admin dashboard.
Here you will find a search field available at the top right. Go ahead and use that field to search the plugin by name. When you see it pop up, install it and activate it from there.
Step 2: Go to Settings
Now that the plugin is installed and activated, you want to pop over to the settings page before anything else. You can do this by clicking SeedProd> Settings, which is located on the menu area of the left side of the dashboard.
On this page, you will only see a couple of options. If you have the pro version of the plugin, then you can add your license key here. Please set these settings as you see fit.
Step 3: View the Templates
If you want to use one of the available templates and are ready to roll, then all you have to do is click on the “Templates” tab link on the left hand side menu.
Here you will be presented with several different templates that you can use to create a page that is coming soon.
Simply make the choice you want, edit a couple of things, and then publish it. You are all set.
Step 4: Go to Pages
If you need to choose between a coming page or a maintenance page and build it from the bottom up, then click the “Pages” tab link on the left side menu area.
NOTE: This is different from WordPress’s own “Pages” area. The one I’m referring to above is located under SeedProd.
Step 5: Choose Between Pages
Make the choice you want here. You can choose between a coming page, a maintenance page, or a landing page.
For this tutorial, I went ahead and selected the upcoming page option soon by clicking on the orange “Edit Page” button.
Step 6: Designing Your Page Coming Soon
Once you click on the forthcoming page option soon, a drag and drop page builder will appear.
Use the available items and drag them to the editor and build the page as you see fit. If the boxes are available, then you can use them
Note: There is a “Departments” tab, but sections are only available for pro (paid) users.
Step 7: Click on Page Settings Tab
At the top of the drag and drop builder page, you will see a tab called ‘Page Settings.’ When you have finished building the page how you want it, click on that tab.
This will open up all the available page layout options that the soon-to-be plugin offers. Go through them and fill them the way you want.
Note: We skipped the “Connect” tab because it is only available to pro (paid) users.
Step 8: Save Page and Publish
Last but not least, click on the ‘Save’ button to save the upcoming page soon. Since the plugin was ‘Enabled’ under the page settings tab, the upcoming page will soon show up automatically.
Note: You can also use the “Preview” button to preview your page as it is built.
There we are! You’ve built a page using the upcoming plugin soon and you’re all set. You can go back to the drag and drop builder at any time to make adjustments.
Why Use a WordPress Page Coming Soon?
An upcoming WordPress page has many benefits for developers and website owners. If you have the right setup going, then you can hide full pages and websites that are being developed, updated, or maintained.
Another big benefit of running an upcoming plugin soon is that it can be very beneficial to SEO because it lets Google know exactly what is going on with your site. For example, many plugins, including the one we use today, offer early arrival and maintenance methods.
While both modes work to block your site or some website pages from users, they both represent different things to Google.
- Coming Soon Page: This is used when you want to hide a site from Google while it is under construction or under construction. This means that Google cannot index the content for the search engine.
- Maintenance Mode Page: This is used for smaller updates and maintenance related items on your site. This lets Google and other search engines know that your website is only temporarily down. It does this by sending a 503 notification to search engines, telling them to hold off while updates are being made. That is, it does not affect your search rankings while changes are in progress.
Knowing which mode to use and when to use it can have significant effects on your website’s SEO, so make sure you’re using the right one.
When a WordPress page is built, it’s a great idea to let search engines know that your website’s SEO doesn’t hit twelve. The Coming Soon Page plugin by SeedProd gives you all the tools you need to set up a coming page the right way.
I hope this article has been able to show you how easy the process is. Simply put, the right plugin needs to be installed. Just a few clicks here and there and you’ll be sitting pretty and ready to work on your site.
What other soon-to-be plugins have you used? Do you prefer to build a site and update a website on localhost instead?