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The first step towards building a new WordPress website/blog is to get a domain and hosting space. Development phase and content entry comes later on.
But what do you do with the domain while your website is still being built? Do you leave it blank or display the frontend which is still under-development (and hence look messy)?
The best way to use the domain and the development time is to display a 'Coming soon' page to visitors on the site url. This can generate some interest in your new site/brand and your visitors will also not be completely disappointed. It is also a good way to get your domain indexed by search engines even before your site is ready for public.

You can easily do this by installing one of the many great (and mostly free) WordPress plugins. Here is a list of some ppopular WordPress plugins which you can use to display your 'Coming soon' pages:

Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode - by SeedProd
You can use this plugin to easily create a simple Coming Soon Page or Maintenance Mode page for your WordPress site.
It works with any WordPress theme, so you do not have to worry about theme-compatibility issues.
You can easily customize the look and feel of your coming soon page.
You also have the option to use custom CSS and HTML and you can also work with translations.
The pages created by this page are always responsive so that it looks nice on any screen size. The plugin uses latest standards: HTML5 and CSS3 and i18n Support.
It is the highest rated plugin for this feature on Wordpress.com/plugins and is frequently updated.
Their support is prompt and they have thousands 5 star reviews from happy users. The basic version of the plugin is free and can be downloaded from here.
The Pro version (paid) has even more useful and amazing features. You can refer to the paid version pricing from here.

Under Construction - By WebFactory Ltd
Once you install this plugin you will be able to create Under Construction, Maintenance, Coming Soon or even a Landing Page quite easily. They proudly announce that the plugin is simple, fast, efficient & user-friendly. You can also use your own custom CSS to adjust any part of the page as per your corporate identity/design.
It comes pre-loaded with templates that you can use to create your page quickly.
The pages can also be optimised for SEO as they have title and description fields.  It also supports tracking via Google Analytics.
You can easily enable or disable the Under construction mode. It also has an option to configure end date and time for pages.
You can also easily add links to your social media profiles.
It is also a very popular plugin and is updated regularly. You can download the free version from here and Pro version can be purchased from here.

Maintenance - By fruitfulcode
This plugin can help you to close your website for maintenance, enable the “503 Service Temporarily Unavailable” error, and also set a temporary page.
All of this can be easily managed and edited via the plugin settings. The pages are highly customizable and responsive.
It allows you to add logo, background image, information text.
It comes pre-loaded with HTML/CSS layout without images and fullscreen background. You can also use its Blur background effect
It supports Google analytics and you can also also exclude some urls.
It boasts of over 400,000 active installs. You can download the basic version from here and the extended version of the plugin can be purchased from here.

WP Maintenance Mode - By Designmodo
With this plugin, you can easily add a coming soon or maintenance page to your WordPress website or blog. It also allows you to display a date with a countdown timer on the page.
The best part is that it is fully customizable. That means you can change colors, texts and backgrounds easily from plugin settings.
It also has the option to activate a Subscription form for your visitors. You can then download all subscriber email ids in CSV format.
You can also activate Contact form using which your visitors can contact you. It also has alot of inbuilt landing page templates and has SEO options.
You can also exclude certain URLs of your site from maintenance. This is useful when you want to display some info. page even when the site is in maintenance mode.
The plugin was built keeping GDPR requirements in mind, so you can install and activate it without worrying about GDPR compliance.
The plugin is WordPress Multi-site compatible and can be enabled or disabled per site.
The plugin has over 600,000+ active installs officially. You can download it from here.

Under Construction / Maintenance Mode from Acurax - By Acurax
This one too is a simple and easy-to-use plugin using which you can create Under Construction, Maintenance Mode, Coming Soon and Landing pages.
It comes pre-loaded with 5 responsive page templates that you can use to create your own page.
You can also add social media buttons and custom HTML blocks to display count down timer with date and time.
It also has an auto-launch feature using which you can enable the page as designated date and time. You can also use the subscriber optin form to collect visitor emails
It supports SEO configurations, social media links & Google Analytics. It also has advanced Access/Restriction settings. This plugin is compliant with GDPR laws and has privacy policy options available. You can download it from here.

This is just a small list and there are also many other plugins available which you can use to display nice and custom landing pages for your upcoming website.

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