Recently some of our readers requested us if it is possible to put a Woo Commerce store in maintenance mode without changing other parts of a website?
The good news is that it’s not only possible, but it is also very easy to do.
In this article, we will show you how to enable maintenance mode for Woo Commerce. You should have the option to restrict maintenance mode only to your store pages, or you can enable it for the entire website.
Why and When You Will Need to Enable Maintenance Mode for Woo Commerce
There are some of the key reasons why you might want to put your Woo Commerce store (but not your whole site) into maintenance mode or coming soon mode:
- Your store is nevertheless under the construction and you haven’t launched it yet. This is a fabulous time to use a “coming soon” page to build excitement while you work on your property behind the scenes.
- Something’s gone wrong with your store. If there is a problem, being able to quickly put the store into maintenance mode will give you the time you need to make things (without any Google penalties).
- You are adding up an online store section to an existing website, but need to test it properly before opening it for the general public.
Putting up your Woo Commerce store under maintenance mode helps you to improve overall user experience and avoid any misplaced orders as you work on your site.
That being said, let’s take a look at how to quickly enable Woo Commerce maintenance mode without affecting the rest of your website.
Tip: If you do want to cover your entire WordPress site from visitors, check out our article that explains how to put your WordPress site in maintenance mode.
Enabling Maintenance Mode for Woo Commerce
The first thing you will need to do is install and activate the Seed Prod plugins. For more details and information, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugins.
Upon activation, you will need to enter your license key by going to Settings » Coming Soon Pro and clicking on the ‘License’ tab:
Now you’re attentive to put your Woo Commerce store under maintenance mode.
Creating Your Maintenance the Mode or Coming Soon Page
To start designing your page, you need to visit the Settings » Coming Soon Pro page plus click on the ‘Edit Coming Soon/Maintenance Page’ button. On the following page, you will see many different templates to choose from. Each of them can be efficiently customized to match your needs.
Moreover, you can switch to a different theme at any time without losing the changes you’ve obtained to the text and other fields on your maintenance page.
Once you’ve picked a theme, your page will be automatically created for you, with the header ‘Coming Soon’. We’re taking the ‘Party Confetti Celebration’ theme here.
To change the text on the page, click the ‘Content’ tab on the left, and you will see the right option to edit the text.
You can also change the order of the various areas of the page by simply moving them up and down under the ‘Sections Order’.
If you want to add extra segments to your maintenance page, you can do that too. Simply close the ‘Content’ tab by clicking on it, and then open the tab for the brand-new section that you want.
Here, we’re adding a countdown timer to the page. This can be a great way to develop excitement when your store is about to launch.
Tip: If you want to launch your store automatically when the countdown finishes before just turn on ‘Auto Launch’ in the countdown timer settings.
The page you create can function as a type of landing page, allowing you to start building an email list straight away.
When you’re satisfied and happy with how your maintenance page looks, make sure you click ‘Save’ at the top of the page.