How to Put Drupal in Maintenance Mode

Putting your website under maintenance mode allows your website to be offline for a while without affecting its search engine rankings. Enabling the maintenance mode of your website sends an HTTP request 503 to search engines telling them that the website is temporarily available. Thus, they should try again later on.  

Below are the possible scenarios to put Drupal in maintenance mode:  

Step 1. Log in to your Drupal dashboard via the link (replace with the domain of your website) or via Softaculous Apps Installer in cPanel.   

Step 2. Click the Manage drop-down. 

Drupal Admin Page Manage Button

Step 3. Click the Configuration button. 

Drupal Admin Page Configuration TabStep 4. Click Maintenance Mode under DEVELOPMENT section.  

Maintenance Mode Option in Drupal Admin Page

Step 5. Tick the box to Put site into maintenance mode and enter the Message to display when in maintenance mode in the box provided.  

Enter Message for Maintenance Mode in Drupal

Step 6. Click the Save configuration button to apply the changes to your website.  

Save Configuration Button for Maintenance Mode in Drupal

Your website should now display the maintenance mode message when someone tries to access it.  

Once you’re ready to make the website live again, follow the same steps provided above and uncheck the Put site into maintenance mode box.  

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