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While you are working on completing your new website, having a coming soon page can be really beneficial. I have used them on various projects over the years, always making sure I collect people’s email addresses and letting them know when the site will go live. These emails that you collect can be used to send out a mailing on launch day and provide you with a nice bump in traffic. As always, a nice easy way to setup your coming soon page is to use WordPress with a suitable theme, there is a big range of options that I will cover in this post; free and premium.

Premium Themes

Anticipate

Anticipate is a maintenance mode plugin that allows you to serve your visitors an alternate “coming soon” page while you work on building your website in the background.

Full Details | Price: $39 (includes 61 other themes!)

Fleepy

Under Construction Theme with Countdown

Full Details | Price: $6

MeegoApp

XHTML Under Construction page with Bonus WordPress theme.

Full Details | Price: $6

Chronos

CHRONOS is a custom created Under Construction / Coming Soon template. It is easily manageable via config.php file, you can also use it as WordPress Theme. It collects visitors email addresses and adds them both to a database and to a file. It comes with an extensive documentation.

Full Details | Price: $6

Cool Under Construction

Advanced speciality page, designed to attract potential users of your future website. Both HTML and WordPress versions, each in 10 colours. WordPress theme with special option panel for quick and easy setup.

Full Details | Price: $8

SuperCharged

Inform your visitors about the launch date, present them with a beautiful countdown and politely ask for their email address, so they can be informed about any news or updates to the site.

Full Details | Price: $6

Coming Soon

Coming Soon theme is stylish and clean launching theme for WordPress users. It offers two color schemes, jquery countdown, email subscriptions via feedburner, links to the profiles on the most popular social networking websites as well as custom logo image. All these features are easily customizable through the back-end options panel.

Full Details | Price: $10

im2 Under Construction

im2 is an High Quality “Coming Soon/Under Maintenance/Under Construction” template designed for the new website when it is preparing the design and contents or for websites that are down for maintenance.

Full Details | Price: $18

Parkit

We have all been there. We get a great idea for a new web site, we want to tell people about it but we don’t have any content yet. What do we do?Introducing WP-ParkIt, the new “Coming Soon” Premium WordPress Theme from Solostream.

Full Details | Price: $29

Under Construction Page

This is powerful under construction/holding page with AJAX Newsletter Sign-up and Contact forms, Twitter feed, Countdown Timer, Progress Bar and Coda slider. This item also can be used as site down/maintenance page.

Full Details | Price: $5

WP Wrench

The purpose is to “hold” your visitors while you’re updating or changing something of your site, plugins or anything else you want to test.

Full Details | Price: $8

Free Themes

Placeholder

This theme is perfect if you have a website in development and you simply need to let your visitors know how to get in touch and how long until the site will launch.

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Custom Coming Soon Pages

Custom Coming Soon Pages WordPress Plugin allows you to display a Customized Coming Soon Page or Under Construction page to normal visitors or regular members of your WordPress based website or Blog – while the Site Administrators see the fully functional website with the applied theme and active plugins as well as a fully functional Dashboard.

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WP Blueprint

This is very simple WP Theme for your upcoming projects so you just need to install it, and configure it appropriately (very easy to do). Once your project is ready, switch to your finally/default Theme and start blogging.

Full Details Download

WP Launcher

WpLauncher is a free premium wordpress theme, with a single purpose: to provide an attractive, customizable domain parking theme for WordPress users.

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Ready2Launch

Simple WordPress theme for under construction pages.

Full Details Download

Holding Pattern

A highly customizable landing page theme featuring the amazing UpThemes Framework.

Full Details Download

Timelaph

A sleek, dark, spaced-out landing page or email newsletter subscription page featuring the amazing UpThemes Framework.

Full Details Download

Makeover

It is a theme used to inform your visitors that your site is still around, but undergoing some changes.You may use this theme as-is, or rip it apart and make your own.

Full Details Download

Coming Soon

Use as a Coming soon page for your website / Application / Software.

Full Details Download

Beback Theme

Wordspop presents you a WordPress theme that can be used while your site is down, undergoing a redesign, or still under construction. Easy to use, easy to manage, as simple as a click.

Full Details Download

LaunchPad

If you’re like me, you like registering domains. It’s exciting. But what’s not exciting is watching your hosting company or domain registrar turn your name into an ad-farm while you’re getting ready to launch your next WordPress blog.  That’s why I came up with LaunchPad, the WordPress Domain Parking Theme.

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Changing Room

The theme displays a friendly holding page to let visitors know that you’re busy getting dressed up. It also gives them the chance to subscribe to your feed before you’ve launched.

Full Details Download

My Blue Construction

Free under construction blue wordpress theme.

Full Details Download

Ice Breaker

Ice Breaker is a free domain parking theme for WordPress with four different color schemes, and easy customization through custom widgets and a theme options page.

Full Details Download


Author:

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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17 Comments

  1.  Here is one we just purchased. thinks it fits well in the lineup. http://themeforest.net/item/clean-modern-under-construction-coming-soon/241419http://themeforest.net/item/clean-modern-under-construction-coming-soon/241419

  2. Anonymous

    I love looking at all these examples since this is the business I’m in.  I like the simplicity of Timelaph most. However, if someone wants a quick on demand solution they could also try out http://www.kickofflabs.com/. We make it really easy for someone to have a viral launch landing page up in 60 seconds. We also allow for custom colors and 100% customizable CSS if someone does want a more unique design than our OOTB themes offer. Check it out! Thanks, Josh LedgardFounder KickoffLabs

  3. thanks, this was extremely helpful.

  4. This was just the article I needed Oli. Was looking for a plugin or theme that I could use while my new project is under development. I think I’m going to go with WooThemes’ Placeholder theme. Although, i just realised that I won’t be able to see the site to develop it. OK, changed my mind now, I think I’ll be using the Custom Coming Soon Pages from CSSJockey, which I’ve actually used before. That should do the trick.

    EDIT: I should note that the Custom Coming Soon Pages is no longer free. The newest version costs $20, though the free version is still available in the WP Repository.

    • I used the placeholder theme when I was developing WPAdCenter site.
      Is this for your idea you had the other day ?  Is it WordPress related ?

      • Yes, I actually decided to go with the Placeholder theme in the end. I installed a plugin to allow me to switch the themes so I can see it in development. It is the project I was talking about the other day and it is indeed WordPress related. I’ll be in touch soon to give some more details. Looking to launch on 1.1.12.

  5. I’d like to recommend Coming Soon Pro. http://www.seedprod.com

  6. Anonymous

    Great list! Another good placeholder theme is “SandClock” http://lizatom.com/wordpress-theme/sand-clock/.
    I personally like the “Anticipate” and “SandClock” the most, both the frontend look and backend management. I tried “Ready2Launch” once and its css displays incorrect in some browsers, plus the theme itself isn’t any flexible, but I guess that is why people pay a few dollars for a “professional” placeholder.

  7. Include in your wordpress theme a small function to activate or not an under construction page or maintenance mode. Cool if you want your client to check your work before going live (if logged in, then its bypassed) :
    http://www.netcod.es/an-underconstruction-page-for-your-theme/

    Thanks for the collection :)

  8. Sir, here is an problem placeholder theme was not working properly on my site please help me sir

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