How to Use WordPress Maintenance
There are a few things to keep in mind when you are planning on using WordPress Maintenance Mode. This mode allows you to automatically update your blog every time you are online so you won’t have to manually do the entire process. If you are unsure how to set it up then here is a short rundown.
WordPress Maintenance Mode is basically a state that you can put your site into if you need to do some quick updates, change the layout or contents, or even fix an existing security flaw. Basically it replaces your whole site with a standard splash screen that tells you when it is offline and whether it will be available shortly. From here, all you have to do is go back to your homepage. The downside is that this is the most basic form of maintenance and many people do not take advantage of it.
There are actually two ways to activate the WordPress Maintenance Mode. The first way is to open the admin area of the site and click “Settings” next to the “Site” option. The second way is to simply open a browser and type in the web address of the site you want to set up the WordPress Maintenance Mode for.
Once you enter the web address you will be presented with a list of options including activating the mode, updating the theme, adding new posts, adding new pages, and changing the meta tags. Click “Activate” at the bottom of the page to save the mode. In case you forget to do any of these steps, then you should just go back to the main settings page of the blog and check everything off. When you save your mode, it will take a little while for it to activate but once done you should have your blog set up in just a few minutes.
While this mode will let you change the look and feel of your site quickly, you might want to consider doing so a bit slower if you are using a new site or have just had a redesign done. To do this, you should click “Appearance” next to the “Site” option on the sidebar and then scroll down to “Advanced Appearance Settings”. From here, you will be able to add a number of skins to your page so that you will always have something fresh and unique to add to your site.
Just make sure that you do not go over the limits of the default skin as this will make your blog appear bland. and boring. You can add as many different skins as you like to your page and then save them once they are complete.
Another thing that needs to be kept in mind when setting this up is to always update your sidebar or header of your page with your new blog as this can help it look great at all times. Click “Appearance” on the sidebar and select the “Skins” drop down menu and click “Add Skin” to get started.
Now all that is left to do is go ahead and sign in to your blog. This will automatically update your page with the new theme. It will also automatically install the new skins that were applied, and then you can go ahead and login back to see if there is anything else you did wrong. If so, then you are ready to go.