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.
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.
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
You can add the Google Analytics Code and monitor your stats to see meaningful figures, especially if you have already started a teaser campaign.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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:
Piece of cake, isn’t it?
That’s exactly how you will have it done in no time!
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?