With the help of the Extendware Maintenance Mode Magento extension, you get an advance opportunity to hide the maintenance mode from store visitors. The module allows you to put the fronted into the mode making it inaccessible for customers. At the same time you and your admins can easily check how improvements are implemented on the storefront. Below, you will find our review of this handy tool.
Maintenance periods are inevitable, so you should prevent customers from visiting your store during time you implement changes. At the same time, it is necessary to leave access for admins responsible for improvements. That’s why we recommend to use Extendware Maintenance Mode. The extension is extremely flexible, so you can even create white lists with various IP addresses to provide access for everyone you need. Below, you can see a list of Maintenance Mode features as well as a small Magento extension tutorial related to the backend. And we also have some illustrations of the frontend from the perspective of both ordinary visitors and people who have access.
- Fully Customizable Maintenance Page. The extension allows you to change the appearance of the default maintenance page. At the same time, you can use the solution that is available out-of-the-box.
- Bypass. There are two types of maintenance bypass. First of all, logged in administrators can easily check newly implemented changes. The next type is related to IP blocks that you can create to allow everyone else see the frontend while the website is under maintenance.
- Product Attachments. The Extendware Maintenance Mode Magento extension is also good for limiting access to product attachments. Thus, you can forbid unregistered users to download attached files.
- Multi-Store Support. In case you have several stores and changes should be implemented only to one of them, the extension allows you to enable the mode only on that certain store.
- SEO. It is also necessary to mention that the Maintenance Mode extension is SEO-friendly. It returns the 503 status, so search engines are always informed about the work you do and you don’t get penalized.
Let’s figure out how to configure the extension. Go to Extendware -> Manage Extensions -> Maintenance Mode -> Configure. There are two sections of settings available there: General and Display.
Under the General section, you can turn on/off the extension, add IP addresses of non-admin users who should have access to the frontend, and choose the IP mode: Forwarded IP or Requesting IP.
As for the Display section, it lets you enable/disable a warning status for store visitors and administrators. Besides, you can add a frontend warning message. Use HTML to customize its appearance.
The maintenance screen has the following appearance:
If a user visits your store during the maintenance, he sees the following messages:
As you can see, the Extendware Maintenance Mode Magento extension is extremely easy to configure. At the same time it does one really important thing – prevents customers from visiting your website while it is under the maintenance mode. Thus, no uncertainties are displayed to potential buyers confusing them. Besides, no one can place an order that can get lost during the maintenance. As for the price of the module, it costs just $49 and you can purchase it here: