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All In One WP Security And Firewall Maintenance helps you setup the website on lock down to prevent visitors viewing your site.

Last Updated: August 9, 2019

Latest News: I updated the documentation.

When you update your site, sometimes you need some time to carry out your updates. This can be related to adding new plugins, tweaking your theme and other areas that might require your attention. Lucky for you All In One WP Security has the Maintenance feature included. This allows you to set your site in maintenance mode wile you carry out all your updates and jobs. You can even make your site a private blog if you want. You can read more about it below.

Note: You might also like to read the following documentation How To Make A WordPress Blog Private.

All In One WP Security And Firewall Maintenance

Step 1 ) Go to WP Security -> Maintenance admin tab as illustrated in the image below.


Step 2 ) The following image Maintenance allows you to activate and lock down your website while you perform some maintenance. Remember, you can personalize your message using CSS and HTML.

Visitor Lockout

  • Enable Front-end Lockout
  • Click on Save Site Lockout Settings button once you complete this option.

A media button for wp editor in maintenance settings page was added.


Note: When you enable the above feature you will not be able to login via wp-admin.php file. You have to log in via wp-login.php only with admin privileges. However if you enable Rename Login Page under Brute Force tab you will have to enter the secret word to log into your admin panel.

Step 3 ) The following image illustrates the default display notice when you activate this features. However you can customize this information using CSS and HTML.

Maintenance FAQ

Q1 Is it possible to force the server reply HTTP 200 even in maintenance mode when performing a cron?

Answer: No. Currently the maintenance mode will always reply back with Http 503. The exception to this rule is if a logged-in visitor tries to view a front-end page/post.


That is how simple it is to activate maintenance mode in your site.

If you have any questions please let me know.


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Manuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

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