Under Construction Page

Under Construction Page Review

It has been known that new sites take long time to be indexed. The bad news is that you have not that much to do with it, as you have to behave wisely to overcome it, and not to make the whole situation worse.

One of these smart things you can do is to set up an eye catching well-optimized under construction page just after buying your domain. Yes, your development stage could take months after buying the domain name, why to waste this valuable time and not to tease your audience with a nicely designed page! The most important thing is that Search engines will have enough time to find your page and index it, at least for home page keywords, mostly the site name.

Here are some of the most important features that should be there in the Under Construction Page:

  • Nice design
  • SEO support
  • Social links
  • Displaying the exact lunch date and time.

As WordPress is dominating the CMS field, I picked a great WordPress. It is the plugin the Under Construction Page plugin.

Under Construction Page

What is the UCP Plugin For?

This plugin is developed to fit as your best choice if you are looking for an Under Construction page, Maintenance page, or a simple landing page that you can install in no time.

Why I Picked This Plugin?

Here are few of the factors for selecting UCP plugin mainly as a coming soon/maintenance:

Wide Variety of Designs:

You want a page that reflect a great image on your brand till your website come with its full features, right?

There are a wide variety of designs that will fit your need.

UCP Designs

The team is updating this plugin with new designs two times per month.

It’s SEO Support:

For me SEO is really important, I do care with the SEO support in any theme, and the coming soon page is not an exception. It will save a lot of the indexing time, and help my audience find me when they search with my brand name.

It allows you have a headline, styled text content, and meta description

Stats Support

You can add the Google Analytics Code and monitor your stats to see meaningful figures, especially if you have already started a teaser campaign.

Social Buttons

We all know that the social accounts are part of the author rank for a while now, the plugin didn’t skip that, it provide you a functionality that allows you to add all the social network accounts.

Whitelisted Users and Roles

Want a user or a group of users to see the site while it is not available for the audience, with this plugin you can whitelist users or user roles.

Support for the Caching Plugins

The plugin has great support for most caching plugins, so you don’t need to manually purge every time you do changes.

Let’s install the plugin now:

Just open the WordPress admin, and go to Plugins >> Add New

Enter “under construction” in the search box and hit Enter

Under Construction Plugin InstallationYes, the plugin will appear as the first on the list, click “Install Now”, it is that one with the insane rating (400+ 5/5 reviews)

Under Construction Plugin ActivationActivate & open plugin’s settings in the Settings menu

Another way to do it

Go to https://wordpress.org/plugins/under-construction-page/ to download the latest version (v1.95), and upload it (after unzipping it) to wp-content/plugins/ Then you have to open your WP admin >> Plugins to activate it.

The plugin is very easy to use, and is really a beginner friendly.

Here are some of the tabs you will get after going to its setting:

UC >> Main

UC main tab

In this tab you can enable the UCP, set an end date and time, and put the code of Google Analytics Tracking ID, so you can see the visits stats and avoid having a gap in GA.

UC >> Design

Design tab

As you can see, there are a variety of designs from which you can choose one for your page.

You need to use your custom image with this plugin? You can do that too! Here is a nice tutorial on how to do it: plugin: https://wploop.com/hack-under-construction-page/

The plugin has a custom CSS that will allow you to do the changes you need with no limitation to mention!

Let’s now move to the Content tab.

UC >> Content

Content tab part 1

This is the most important part of the plugin, in this tab you will be able to add a Title tag, meta description, and the page content. The plugin provide you with some shortcodes. So, you can type a text or use the shortcodes.

Content tab part 2Using the text editor, you can edit the text you want your users to see on your site during the Under Construction mode.

Content tab part 3

In the screen above, you can set up the social part, you can add all the social networks that you are active on. It really provide a lot of them, just add your identifiers. For me, I just entered three of my networks: Facebook page, Twitter, and Linkedin profile.

Want to make the original site visible to some users while UC mode is enabled? The Access tab will do that for you!

UC >> Access

Access tab

You can whitelist a role, to make the group of visitor of that role access the original pages while others see the Under Construction page. Or you can specify the exact whitelisted users.

And here is the final result:

under Construction Page live sample

Piece of cake, isn’t it?

That’s exactly how you will have it done in no time!

Wrapping up!

We came to an end to this review, now you have a clear picture on how this great plugin works, we explored together the features of it, and we went step by step to install it and apply those features to implement the maintenance mode scenario in few minutes. No wonder now how this plugin got its 5/5 positive reviews, the 80k active installs and the 10k monthly growth.

Now, it is your turn, If you have any question regarding the plugin installation or its configuration, just let me know in the comments below, I will be more than happy to answer it. Already using it? How was your experience?

 

Hussain Omar has built his expertise as a knowledgeable and experienced SEO strategist, he’s the founder of Hustaw SEO, and the guy behind this blog. An addict to anything related to SEO, Search Engine Marketing, Internet Marketing, and Blogging.

4 Comments

  • Hi Hussain,

    I like the wide range of designs that the plugin offers. Sweet. This would appeal to me because if I build a new blog or do a big overhaul of Blogging From Paradise you betcha I want some options. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ryan
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    • Hi Ryan,
      It is a big joy to see you here again after a long time.

      Glad you liked the reviewed plugin! Yeah, the wide range of designs is one of its advantages.

      Thanks for dropping by to comment!

      Regards
      Hussain

  • Hi Hussain,
    Good to be here again after a small gap.
    Thanks for dropping by.
    This is indeed a wonderful review, I appreciate you for sharing it with its features.
    Yes, this is indeed a wonderful plugin we all especially the web developers or for that matter all bloggers who are in the business need to use.
    I like the features of this Under construction plugin.
    Keep sharing
    Have a wonderful time of sharing ahead.
    Best Regards
    ~ Philip
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    • Hi Philip,
      It is great to see you here again!

      Thanks for the nice words!
      Indeed, bloggers and web developers, need it a lot, as they always do some changes behind the scene, and want them to be presented only if they are 100% done.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Regards
      Hussain

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