Have you found yourself in a situation where you're building a WordPress website on a live domain yet you don't want the whole world to see your “progression”? Maybe you have some extended maintenance to do? I'd tend to think most people have encountered a project that is going to take more than a few minutes but you just don't want to risk the world wide web seeing the disarray in the meantime. Look no further for the ultimate coming soon and maintenance plugin, SeedProd.
SeedProd offers the best coming soon plugin for WordPress on the market today. Yes, I'm bias because I've used this plugin multiple times over the past couple of years. There is no doubt that you want the Pro version if you are serious about your branding and WordPress development. It is my go to for new websites I start. It is one of my best investments I've ever made for website development work. Multi-dimensional is the best description because of how it is packed with feature rich options that can be used with any level of knowledge from a true “beginner” to an “expert”. I love this PLUGIN!
While others are looking for a coming soon WordPress theme, this handy plugin will give you more flexibility. It should be strongly considered for it's wide range of features. Especially if you are doing a site launch and need to capture email optins quickly. Before we dive into the plugin a bit more, I want to share insight about the company and Founder.
The Ultimate Coming Soon Plugin Founder, John Turner – SeedProd
I had the opportunity to catch up with the Founder of SeedProd, John Turner. He was very kind and generous with his time. I felt that my readers would enjoy understanding the passion that John has and why SeedProd is truly a must “Needed” plugin on any site you own. John has a real entrepreneurially mindset with goals of additional products. Frankly, the customer service and personable response I had received really hit a positive with me and inspired this post.
Q: What prompted you to create this product and what fueled your desire initially?
Initially I created a plugin to put up coming soon pages to test ideas before building my next product. I had no idea that would become my product at that time until I released the initial version for free and it got a great response.
Q: What obstacle was the most challenging in the beginning?
I had been trying to build products and a business for over 10 years. The Coming Soon Pro plugin had great initial tracking and I knew I had something. I just had to learn how to market the product and continue to build the features that users were requesting.
Q: What single feature do you get the most feedback on from your customers?
The most comments I get are on the plugins flexibility and ease of use. It's easy for someone new to WordPress to use but also comes with advanced features for developers and agencies.
Q: What is next?
I'm continuing to listen to the feedback of customers and have a 404 page planned for release in the late Spring of 2015. It allows you to collect leads on your 404 pages. Soon after that I have a general landing page plugin. One of the most requested feature is the ability to create multiple page in the Coming Soon plugin.
Coming Soon Plugin Features
A list of features that I like about this plugin (not all inclusive):
- The ease of use on getting started
- Mobile Ready & Responsive (Googles Latest update – mobilegeddon)
- Sweet video background option (Youtube, Vimeo…)
- Ability to add your email provider for optins
- Highly customizable (your own HTML & CSS)
- Social aspect (sharing buttons)
- Plays well with all WordPress themes
- SEO optimization built in
- Add tracking like Google Analytics
- Quick Maintenance mode
- Themes & Landing Page Mode (latest update)
- BEST of all – Access controls such as limiting client view (they can view your work bypassing the coming soon page)
- The awesome background images you can use to make a stark impression!
- Save your work (export to use on another site to configure)
How SeedProd Works
It is a super simple concept. You install the WordPress plugin via the plugins interface (your typical approach on installing plugins). Active SeedProd. Then just active the “mode” you want. Then BOOM…Your visitors will see the coming soon or maintenance mode page –> Logged in users will see the real site –> Clients can be given an optional bypass URL to view the site in progress.
Developing WordPress Websites
This is an invaluable tool if you are developing sites for your clients. So many times your work is coming together but you need the client approval before you spend too much time on an aspect or direction you're going. We all have been there. You can use the Access Control feature as a way to gain final approval before launching it live. There are handfuls of scenarios that you can imagine this coming in handy for. Honestly, this was the NUMBER ONE feature that triggered me to buy a licensed copy. You will want the Pro Version.
Video Review of SeedProd Coming Soon Plugin
Video link: [ SeedProd Video ]
Customer Reviews On The Best Coming Soon Plugin For WordPress
John and his company have an awesome product with the coming soon plugin tool. It is so much more than just “another plugin”. Make sure to check out the company a bit more, review the pricing options, and give them some love on social media and follow for future product updates! Customer service is important which I found extremely attractive when investing in a premium product. Make sure to sign up for his newsletter to get some freebies!
I appreciate John taking time to answer a few questions!