While your website is still under development, you can enable the coming soon mode to let your visitors know that your website is not ready yet. You can add a note like “please come back again in 30 days” or something like that. The point is that you tell your visitors that your website is about to go live soon. Elementor has a built-in feature that you can use to enable the coming soon mode on your WordPress-based website so that you don’t need to install an additional plugin.
What is coming soon mode, by the way? Is it different to maintenance mode?
There is a fundamental difference between the coming soon mode and maintenance mode. Coming soon mode means that your website is being developed and hasn’t been released yet. While maintenance mode means your website is under maintenance and it has been released before.
Another difference between the two modes is that coming soon mode returns HTTP 200 code. This code tells search engines that the site is ready to be indexed. Conversely, the maintenance mode returns the HTTP 500 code, which tells search engines that the site is temporarily not ready to be indexed and they can come back later.
How to enable the coming soon mode in Elementor
The feature to enable coming soon mode is available on both versions of Elementor (free and pro). There are two steps involved to enable the coming soon mode in Elementor.
Step 1: Create the coming soon template
First, you need to create the coming soon template. Elementor provides a number of premade templates you can use to streamline your workflow (sure, you can also create the template from scratch). To create a new template, go to Templates -> Add New on your WordPress dashboard. Set the template type to Page, give your template a name and click the CREATE TEMPLATE button to start creating the template.
You will be directed to the Elementor editor after clicking the CREATE TEMPLATE button above where you can create the template. If you want to create the template from scratch, you can click the plus button on the canvas area to start adding a section. If you prefer to use a premade template instead, you can click the folder icon to open the templates library. In this example, we prefer the latter option.
Select the premade coming soon template you want to use and click the INSERT button to import it to the canvas area. You can use the search box to ease your job.
Once the template is imported to the canvas, you can replace the default content (text, image, button, social media profiles, and so on). If you are new to Elementor, you can read our previous article to learn how to use Elementor.
Once you are done editing the content, you can click the PUBLISH button on the bottom side of the left panel to publish the template.
Step 2: Enable the coming soon mode
Once your template is published, you can switch back to the WordPress dashboard and go to Elementor -> Tools. Open the Maintenance Mode tab. On the Choose Mode option, select Coming Soon and select the coming soon template you have just created on the Choose Template option. You can also set who can access your site during the coming soon mode on the Who Can Access option. End by clicking the Save Changes button to save the changes.