WordPress Under Construction Plugins for in Progress Website Projects

11 WordPress Under Construction Plugins for in Progress Website Projects

Last Updated August 21st, 2023

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When you make a WordPress site for a client it is typical that things don’t go according to schedule. Often there are delays. Maybe your client doesn’t have their copy done on time. Maybe a third-party vendor hasn’t supplied some materials they need. Regardless, it’s not uncommon to put up a coming soon or under construction page on a domain before a site goes live. Luckily, WordPress developers don’t need to manage that by hand. There are quite a few really great WordPress under construction plugins to use. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular ones.


Popular WordPress Under Construction Plugins

This list of WordPress under construction plugins are some of the most downloaded and installed according to WordPress.org. The plugins are all available to download and use for free. Of course, most of them have upgraded, or premium, versions for sale. Premium versions typically have extra sets of features you won’t find in the free version. The free plugins have enough capabilities for you to start without any cost.

Under Construction

Under Construction

Under Construction is a WordPress plugin built for creating pages showing a website as under maintenance or coming soon. This particular plugin, from the folks at WebFactory, is one of the most popular on the WordPress.org plugin repository in its category. The plugin lets you set up automatic stop dates for the under-construction mode. You can integrate Google Analytics, add your own custom CSS, including social media icons, and much more. There are also over 25 unique templates available out of the box if you just want to select a design and get going immediately.

Plugin Details

This piece of software was originally published by its developer in December of 2013. It is presently on version 4.00 and last underwent a revision on April 16th, 2024. The newest edition works on WordPress 6.5.2 and requires at least PHP 5.2 to operate on your server. This plugin is actively running on over 700,000 WordPress websites. It has had over 9,998,290 downloads. There have been 20 assistance requests with a 100% response rate. Under Construction is well supported by its creator. Reviews for Under Construction are very positive. Many of the end-users who left an evaluation found this plugin to be useful.

Security Issues and Vulnerabilities

There has been one recorded security or vulnerability issue with Under Construction. The security problem was fixed and here are the details.

DateDescriptionFixed?
1/20/21Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting
This was a medium concern issue that was fixed in version 3.85.
Yes

Premium Version

The premium version of Under Construction comes with a lot of additional features. You can track specific Google Analytics events, create a contact form, collect leads, and more. There are additional templates not available in the free version or you can build your own with the plugin’s drag and drop design interface. Technical features like cache control, SEO settings, and HTTP response codes are available in the pro version as well.

Coming Soon & Maintenance Plugin by NiteoThemes

Coming Soon & Maintenance Plugin by NiteoThemes

The Coming Soon & Maintenance Plugin by NiteoThemes touts itself as a free alternative to many of the premium plugins on the market. WordPress under construction plugins is a competitive space so this is quite the claim. You can use this plugin to put your WordPress site into maintenance mode with a single click. The layouts generated by the plugin support background media (photos or videos), a countdown, subscription for newsletters, and custom typography. Its ease of use and extensive features make it a great option. The plugin also has integrations and compatibility with third-party services like WPML, Unsplash, Mailchimp, and Weglot.

Plugin Details

This plugin was originally published by its developer in March of 2017. It is actively on version 4.1.12 and last had an update on April 4th, 2024. The latest update functions on WordPress 6.3.4 and requires at least PHP 5.6 to run on your server. This plugin is currently functioning on over 200,000 WordPress sites. It has had over 4,972,520 downloads. There have been 3 help requests with a 0% response rate. CMP – Coming Soon & Maintenance Plugin by NiteoThemes has below average support from its creator. Reviews for CMP – Coming Soon & Maintenance Plugin by NiteoThemes are very positive. Many of the end-users who left a piece of feedback found this plugin to be useful.

Security Issues and Vulnerabilities

There have been 2 recorded security or vulnerability issues with Coming Soon & Maintenance Plugin by NiteoThemes. All of those security problems have been fixed. Here are the details:

DateDescriptionFixed?
1/17/22Unauthenticated Arbitrary CSS Update
This was a medium concern issue that was fixed in version 4.0.19.
Yes
8/4/20Missing Authorization
This was a high concern issue that was fixed in version 3.8.1.
Yes
underConstruction

underConstruction

In terms of simplicity, you won’t find a WordPress maintenance plugin much simpler than underConstruction. Developed by Noah Kagan, of AppSumo fame, this plugin is a no-frills approach to putting your WordPress site into “under construction” mode. There is no fancy layout builder, third-party integrations, or design tools built into this plugin. Instead, the admin is responsible for creating and inserting their own HTML and CSS into the plugin’s interface. Any markup you enter is what will be displayed on your site when visitors arrive. There are fancier plugins, that receive more frequent updates, but if you are comfortable with standard markup and what a simple solution this plugin might be for you.

Plugin Details

This product was first released by its creator in June of 2009. It is now on version 1.22 and last saw a revision on March 8th, 2024. The most recent release operates on WordPress 6.4.4. This plugin is now working on over 60,000 WordPress websites. It has had over 1,683,460 downloads. There have not been many assistance requests from customers. Reviews for underConstruction are very positive. Many of the end-users who left a review found underConstruction to be wonderful.

Security Issues and Vulnerabilities

There have been 4 recorded security or vulnerability issues with underConstruction. All of those security problems have been fixed. Here are the details:

DateDescriptionFixed?
5/26/22Authenticated (Admin+) Stored Cross-Site Scripting
This was a medium concern issue that was fixed in version 1.21.
Yes
5/26/22Cross-Site Request Forgery to Construction Mode Disabled
This was a high concern issue that was fixed in version 1.20.
Yes
8/31/21Reflected Cross-Site Scripting
This was a medium concern issue that was fixed in version 1.18.
Yes
8/1/14Cross-Site Request Forgery
This was a high concern issue that was fixed in version 1.09.
Yes
Maintenance Mode

Maintenance Mode

Maintenance Mode was built by a WordPress developer, Lukas Juhas, for WordPress developers. This is one of the WordPress under construction plugins on our list with a strong focus on simplicity. This plugin uses the power of the WordPress admin by taking advantage of the built-in WYSIWYG editor. Create the content of your “under construction” page inside of the plugin’s settings screen. This plugin assumes you have some knowledge of WordPress development to extend its functionality. You can include your own custom CSS stylesheet in your theme’s folder or take advance of some custom WordPress filters if you want to make changes with some simple PHP code. Out of the box, the Maintenance Mode plugin is a great solution for WordPress developers looking for an easy solution.

Plugin Details

This plugin was initially released by its owner in November of 2014. It is currently on version 2.4.4 and last had an update on July 15th, 2021. The newest version works on WordPress 5.8.9. This plugin is presently running on over 20,000 WordPress websites. It has had over 519,350 downloads. There have not been many help requests from users. Reviews for this plugin are very positive. Many of the users who left a review found Maintenance Mode to be worthwhile.

Maintenance Mode from Acurax

Maintenance Mode from Acurax

The Maintenance Mode plugin from Acurax lets you build an under construction page using one of five responsive layouts. You can adjust the content, color, and images of each layout as you see fit. There is support for adding a subscriber opt-in form, social media links, Google Analytics integration, and even a countdown timer. This plugin is the first on our list to consider GDPR and privacy as well. There are options for you to handle both concerns. In addition, the Maintenance Mode plugin offers advanced access and restriction settings so you can have finer control over who can access your site while it’s under construction.

Plugin Details

This product was initially published by its developer in July of 2015. It is now on version 2.6 and last saw an update on May 28th, 2021. The latest release operates on WordPress 5.7.11 and requires at least PHP 5.3 to operate on your server. This plugin is presently working on over 20,000 WordPress websites. It has had over 592,020 downloads. There have not been many support requests from customers. Reviews for Under Construction / Maintenance Mode from Acurax are very positive. Many of the end-users who left a review found Under Construction / Maintenance Mode from Acurax to be useful.

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

The Coming Soon plugin, by developers WpDevArt, lets you build your own “under construction” page simply and quickly. The layouts produced are fully responsive, which is important for mobile visitors, and highly customizable. You can adjust the background image and color, add your own custom logo, add social media icons, and control the WordPress meta description tags of the page. The plugin also comes with the ability to block or disable search engine robots from indexing your site. The owners have tested their plugin on many of the most popular WordPress themes to ensure compatibility.

Plugin Details

This piece of software was first released by its developer in October of 2014. It is now on version 3.7.3 and last underwent a change on April 3rd, 2024. The newest release works on WordPress 6.5.2. This plugin is currently functioning on over 10,000 WordPress sites. It has had over 1,336,160 downloads. There have not been many support requests from end-users. Reviews for this plugin are very positive. Many of the customers who left a piece of feedback found this plugin to be useful.

Security Issues and Vulnerabilities

There have been 3 recorded security or vulnerability issues with Coming Soon. All of those security problems have been fixed. Here are the details:

DateDescriptionFixed?
1/24/22Missing Authorization to Arbitrary Email Send
This was a medium concern issue that was fixed in version 3.6.6.
Yes
1/23/22Cross-Site request Forgery to Arbitrary Email Send
This was a high concern issue that was fixed in version 3.6.8.
Yes
9/13/21Authenticated Stored Cross-Site Scripting
This was a medium concern issue that was fixed in version 3.5.3.
Yes

Premium Version

The premium version, Coming Soon Pro, has additional features not found in the free release of the plugin. Features of the pro version include adding background videos, countdown timers, dozens of animation effects, subscription forms, and more. The customization options are cranked up a notch over the free version as well. If you want finer control over the look and feel of the coming soon page then the premium plugin is worth a look.

Coming Soon by Dazzler

Coming Soon by Dazzler

Coming Soon, by Dazzler, is another one of many fully-featured WordPress under construction plugins on our list. This plugin offers responsive designs, with a focus on retina-display support, built on top of the popular Bootstrap UI framework. It supports HTML5 and CSS3 animations and claims to work with any WordPress theme. The plugin has support for background images and social media icons. It is translation ready out of the box and offers great browser compatibility support (thanks to Bootstrap, no doubt).

Plugin Details

This product was first published by its creator in October of 2016. It is actively on version 2.1.3 and last underwent an update on March 19th, 2024. The latest release works on WordPress 6.4.4. This plugin is actively working on over 10,000 WordPress websites. It has had over 387,100 downloads. There have not been many support requests from users. Reviews for this plugin are very positive. Many of the users who left an evaluation found Coming Soon, Under Construction & Maintenance Mode By Dazzler to be excellent.

Security Issues and Vulnerabilities

There has been one recorded security or vulnerability issue with Coming Soon by Dazzler. The security problem was fixed and here are the details.

DateDescriptionFixed?
10/4/21Admin+ Stored Cross-Site Scripting
This was a medium concern issue that was fixed in version 1.6.3.
Yes

Premium Version

Coming Soon Pro, the paid version of this plugin, comes with a series of design templates and additional page layouts you can use. Support for YouTube video backgrounds and a countdown timer are included in the pro release. There are control options that let you limit access by IP or user account as well. The amount of support for social media icons is larger. Newsletter integrations for Mailchimp, Madmimi, iContact, Constant Contact, Campaign Monitor, and GetResponse are included.

EZP Maintenance Mode

EZP Maintenance Mode

EZP Maintenance Mode is one of the oldest options on our list of WordPress under construction plugins. Developer Snap Creek Software has made a very simple maintenance mode plugin with few configuration options or setup choices. This simplicity is by design and means the plugin is easy to use for WordPress admins of all levels of skill. The plugin comes with simple themes and pre-style CSS options so all you have to do is add your text, and an optional logo, and you are done. There is support for custom CSS if you require some additional styling.

Plugin Details

This product was first released by its creator in October of 2013. It is currently on version 1.0.2 and last saw a revision on January 18th, 2023. The latest edition runs on WordPress 4.1.37. This plugin is presently working on over 9,000 WordPress websites. It has had over 195,090 downloads. There have not been many help requests from end-users. Reviews for EZP Maintenance Mode are very positive. Many of the end-users who left an evaluation found this plugin to be excellent.

Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode by Colorlib

Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode by Colorlib

Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode by Colorlib is a plugin that takes advantage of the WordPress Live Customizer. This is the first plugin on our list to do so which makes it stand out from the crowd. The designs created by the plugin are fully responsive and should work with all WordPress themes. A Mailchimp integration is available and support for social media buttons for all of the popular services (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.). This plugin comes with a countdown feature as well. In addition to using the Customizer, you can also integrate your own custom CSS if you need to. This is a great WordPress maintenance mode plugin that you should definitely check out.

Plugin Details

This plugin was first published by its owner in December of 2018. It is currently on version 1.1.0 and last had a revision on March 21st, 2024. The most recent version operates on WordPress 6.5.2 and requires at least PHP 5.6 to work on your server. This plugin is currently working on over 7,000 WordPress sites. It has had over 235,230 downloads. There have not been many support requests from customers. Reviews for Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode by Colorlib are very positive. Many of the users who left a piece of feedback found Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode by Colorlib to be wonderful.

Security Issues and Vulnerabilities

There has been one recorded security or vulnerability issue with Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode by Colorlib. The security problem was fixed and here are the details.

DateDescriptionFixed?
5/27/22Administrator+ Cross-Site Scripting
This was a medium concern issue that was fixed in version 1.0.98.
Yes
Maintenance Page

Maintenance Page

Maintenance Page comes with all of the standard features you would expect from one of the WordPress under construction plugins on our list. The design created by the plugin is responsive and support is available for adding custom background images and colors, and social media icons and links. The ability to add your own custom CSS, standard amongst these types of plugins, is an available option as well. There is even an integrated form to collect email addresses. You can download the results of that form via a CSV export.

Plugin Details

This plugin was originally released by its creator in November of 2014. It is presently on version 1.0.9 and last underwent a change on February 19th, 2024. The newest release operates on WordPress 6.4.4. This plugin is currently running on over 5,000 WordPress sites. It has had over 96,570 downloads. There have not been many help requests from users. Reviews for Maintenance Page are very positive. Many of the end-users who left a review found this plugin to be wonderful.

Premium Version

Maintenance Page Pro has a handful of additional features you can’t find in the free version. You can add a page counter and a fully-featured contact form that connects to Mailchimp. You can whitelist specific IP addresses to better control who actually sees the maintenance page (this is great for giving access to clients but not the public). Support for background sliders and videos is available in the premium version as well.

Coming Soon Chop Chop

Coming Soon Chop Chop

Coming Soon Chop Chop offers a single default template that you can adjust with a custom visual editor. The layout is built on HTML5 and CSS3 so it is fully responsive. There is a Google Fonts integration so you can pick from a huge amount of typecases to customize the maintenance mode screen further. There is an ability to add social media links and integrate your Google Analytics account as well. This is a simple plugin that offers a nice and clean “under construction” page for your in-progress WordPress site. It’s simple but effective and one of the unappreciated options in the WordPress under construction plugin scene.

Plugin Details

This plugin was initially released by its developer in July of 2014. It is currently on version 2.2.4 and last experienced a change on March 3rd, 2021. The latest update functions on WordPress 5.5.12. This plugin is actively functioning on over 4,000 WordPress websites. It has had over 156,420 downloads. There have not been many help requests from end-users. Reviews for Coming Soon Chop Chop are very positive. Many of the users who left a review found Coming Soon Chop Chop to be useful.


Which of These WordPress Under Construction Plugins Is Right for You?

Finally, that’s the end of our look at some of the best free and premium WordPress under construction plugins. Any of these is a great place to start with your next client project.

Speaking of client projects, you might want to learn more about our White Label WordPress plugin. White Label lets you make life easier for you and your clients. Customize the login, admin, menus, and more to build a custom experience for your behind-the-scenes WordPress users. Make working with your WordPress site less complicated for your clients and cut down on your support requests with White Label.


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