Coming soon plugins are incredibly useful tools every developer or site admin should own in their toolkit. They help you build buzz for your brand or product before you even release it. They even help you grow your email list before your site or product even launches.
Using well-designed coming soon plugins is important. They need to have a minimalist design that places the focus on your call to action, which is typically an email form on a coming soon page. However, any buzz you generate can die quickly if your site doesn’t live up to the hype, so be sure to check out our list of the best WordPress plugins for 2020 if you’d like to add a few new features for business clients to your arsenal.
Let’s get started with this list.
Maintenance is a wildly popular maintenance plugin in the WordPress repo. This maintenance plugin can be used to build coming soon pages.
It comes with a number of different features you can add or subtract to your page. The image above depicts a coming soon page that uses every element this plugin comes with. This includes a header, a countdown timer, an email opt-in form and a row of social media icons.
Overall, the plugin is easy to use and customize, and you can even choose between different styles of the same element. This includes a countdown timer that uses a simple style, a boxed style or a circle style.
2. Coming Soon CC Pro
Coming Soon CC Pro is the premium version of the free coming soon plugin Coming Soon CC. It’s a dedicated coming soon plugin that acts as a static landing page. It comes with 6 templates, one of which is pictured above. Each demo features a different layout and style, but they all serve the same purpose – to capture leads.
Each template comes with a background image of some sort, either an actual image or a background color. They also feature different areas for you to place your logo and social media icons. Each template also comes with a large header followed by a small paragraph, giving you a chance to introduce your brand and capture a visitor’s attention as soon as they land on your site.
Every template also comes with an email opt-in form, allowing you to capture leads using MailChimp, Campaign Monitor or GetResponse. If you use another email marketing service, you can set up a “zap” in Zapier to add new MailChimp subscribers to your list automatically.
The Pro version starts at $17/year.
Launcher is a simple yet powerful coming soon plugin. It comes with 3 templates you can customize using the built-in frontend editor. Each template servers a different purpose. The default Launcher template, not pictured above, is the largest template. It’s a full-on landing page that features areas for your logo, About blurb, social media icons, contact information and an email opt-in form.
The second template, Retro, is very simple. It uses a retro, blurred, TV-screen style that simply says “PLEASE STAND BY” and features a row of social media icons. The third one, pictured above, is also simple. It’s a static page that features a header, small description and an email opt-in form.
Other features include an advanced counter you can use to countdown to your launch as well as integration with a number of different email marketing services, including MailChimp, Aweber, GetResponse, Campaign Monitor and Mad Mimi.
This plugin is available for free.
4. Coming Soon Viral Page
Coming Soon Viral Page is another simple yet powerful coming soon plugin. This one comes with different features designed to get visitors on your list. The first feature is a simple opt-in button visitors can use to subscribe to your list.
The second feature is an exit-intent pop-up designed as a second way to convince a visitor to subscribe. You can offer a free download as an opt-in incentive with this email form. After the visitor subscribes, they’ll be taken to a Thank You page they can use to download their free product.
This plugin also integrates with several email marketing services, including MailChimp, Aweber, GetResponse and Campaign Monitor. It’s also simple to customize using the easy-to-use admin panel.
This plugin is available free of charge.
IgniteUp is a coming soon and maintenance mode plugin that comes with different templates to suit each of these purposes. The free version comes with a few simple coming soon templates, including the one above, which features a header, a countdown timer, a description and an email opt-in form.
It comes with 2 coming soon templates called Believe and Launcher, the latter of which is pictured above. The Believe template features a minimalist design. It excludes the counter and email opt-in form, keeping the header, short description and social media icons but in a different layout.
This plugin integrates with MailChimp and MailPoet, and every template is fully customizable. It also has premium templates that come with additional features, including a contact form, a map and a section for services.
This plugin is available for free, and premium templates start at $4.99.
6. Coming Soon
Coming Soon is another coming soon plugin that can double as a maintenance mode plugin. It features a multi-level landing page that has sections for a call-to-action header, a countdown and an email opt-in form. It also comes with a drag-and-drop layout builder you can use to customize your page with ease.
Coming Soon is highly customizable. You can choose different skins and choose between an image background or a color background. This plugin also has email marketing capabilities, and you can set it up to email your subscribers automatically the moment the live production of your site launches.
This plugin also has a pro version that comes with additional features. This includes APIs for a number of different email marketing services, including MailChimp, Aweber and Campaign Monitor as well as several premium templates.
The base plugin is available for free, and the premium version is available for $12.
7. EZP Coming Soon
EZP Coming Soon is a dedicated coming soon plugin that features a minimalist design. It features a background image, your logo, an email opt-in form and links to your social media accounts. The design is highly customizable, so you can upload your own logo and background image.
If you want to customize the design a little further, all you need to do is make a few simple CSS changes. You can also add an optional countdown timer, and export any email addresses you collect to MailChimp, Aweber and several other email marketing services.
There’s also a pro version that comes with additional features. This includes the ability to use a fullscreen video, Google Fonts and a feature that takes down the coming soon page when the countdown hits 0.
EZP Coming Soon is available for free, and the premium version starts at $14.95/year.
8. WP Maintenance Mode
WP Maintenance Mode is a maintenance mode plugin that comes with the ability to create coming soon pages. All you need to do is activate the plugin to enter “maintenance mode,” which blocks access to the live production of your site and replaces the frontend with the page you’ve designed instead.
The page layout is represented in the image above. Its main features are a header, a countdown timer and an email opt-in form. It doesn’t integrate with any email marketing service, but you can export subscribers to a CSV file and import it to your list.
The plugin is also fully customizable. You can use it to change colors, texts and backgrounds. It also comes with a few landing page templates.
This plugin is available for free.
9. Under Construction or Maintenance Mode
Under Construction or Maintenance Mode is a maintenance mode plugin that can be used to build coming soon pages. It comes with a variety of different templates you can customize with a few simple clicks. You can also add custom HTML code if you wish.
Nearly every template features your logo, a header, a countdown timer and an email opt-in form, as you can see in the image above. It doesn’t integrate with an email marketing service, but you can export your subscribers to a CSV file.
This plugin also comes with the ability to launch the live production of your site automatically when the timer hits 0. It also integrates well with social media.
This plugin is available for free.
SeedProd is the premium version of Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode by SeedProd, one of the most popular coming soon and maintenance mode plugins in the WordPress repository. The free version features a minimalist design, but its capabilities shine in the premium version.
These capabilities include the ability to customize your own coming soon page. You can choose and customize a pre-made template or use your technical skills as a developer and come up with your own design.
It even comes with email marketing and social media integration, which includes integrating with MailChimp, Aweber, GetResponse, Campaign Monitor, InfusionSoft, Gravity Forms and more. You can also create a special link to give clients or certain users the ability bypass the coming soon page and access the live production of your site.
SeedProd is available for as little as $29.60/year.
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