How to Enable Maintenance Mode in Drupal?

Enable Maintenance Mode in Drupal

Maintenance mode is the state or setting that a system, website, application, or device gets put in when it needs to be taken out of commission on purpose. This is so they can perform maintenance, repairs, updates, and other necessary tasks. For good reason, these systems are usually inaccessible to users while in this mode. It prevents any problems that can arise from people using it while being worked on. Below are steps for enabling the maintenance mode in Drupal.

  • Log in as an admin: You’ll need administrative privileges to access the settings.
  • Go to the Admin Dashboard: When you’re logged in, head over to the admin dashboard of your Drupal site. You can typically find it at http://yoursite.com/admin or http://yoursite.com/user.
Enable Maintenance Mode in Drupal
  • Navigate to Configuration: In the admin dashboard, navigate to the “Configuration” section.
Enable Maintenance Mode in Drupal
  • Maintenance Mode: Find the development section and search for a link or tab related to maintenance mode.
Enable Maintenance Mode in Drupal
  • Enable Maintenance Mode: You’ll see an option that says “Put site into maintenance mode.” Just press the button.
Enable Maintenance Mode in Drupal
  • Customize the Message: You also have the option to put up a custom message when your site is undergoing maintenance. With this, you can let users know about the situation and when it will be back online.
Enable Maintenance Mode in Drupal
  • Save Configuration: Once you’ve enabled the maintenance mode and customized the message, save all your configuration changes.
Enable Maintenance Mode in Drupal

Once you complete these steps, your Drupal website will be in maintenance mode. People trying to access the site won’t be able to. They will however see the message you specified. Don’t worry, if you need to make changes or see how it’ll look from a visitor’s perspective, this is the perfect mode for that. To put your site back on track, just redo the same steps and unclick the enable maintenance mode option. Just don’t forget to save your config changes again before you leave.

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