John Turner, the developer of Ultimate Coming Soon Page and Ultimate Maintenance Mode, has built upon his two popular free plugins. Rather than develop pro versions of each plugin, he has improved both of them and launched SeedProd. He hopes it will become WordPress’s quintessential ‘Coming Soon’ and ‘Maintenance Mode’ plugin.
The plugin works with any WordPress theme. You can use it for websites you are launching soon or on established websites if you need to shut down your site for a while to fix some things behind the scenes.
Everything is controlled via the Coming Soon Pro settings area. There are 7 sections in total. You have the option of seeing all options are once or viewing each section one at a time.
In the general section you can disable the plugin or switch it to coming soon mode or maintenance mode. Your favicon and Google Analytics code can also be entered here.
The coming soon mode has three option sections. In the main options area you can design your page. The logo can be uploaded and the header title defined. The main body of your page can be modified using the WordPress editor.
In coming soon mode you can collect email addresses from users. You can save emails to the WordPress database if you wish (to the regular user table or to Gravity Forms). Alternatively, you can save email information to a third party service such as Aweber, Campaign Monitor, Constant Contact, Mail Chimp and Feedburner. The footer can also be customised in this area and you can activate social media profiles.
SeedPro makes customising the design really simple. The background, font styles and link colours can also be set here. Custom CSS can also be added here if you need to change the design beyond a few simple colour changes.
An incentive system is built into the plugin. This will help you encourage people to enter their email address into your form. For example, you could offer a prize to everyone who signed up before launch or a discount code for those who sign up.
This section also lets you enable and disable social sharing buttons for Google+, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
The maintenance mode options screen is similar to the coming soon options page, though with much less options. You only have the ability to set the background, title and content of the page.
5 social media profiles can be added to your page: Google+, Facebook, Twitter,LinkedIn and Pinterest.
The plugin has an advanced section. Some basic SEO settings can be defined here and you can insert code directly into the header and footer. Settings can be imported and exported in this section too, which is useful if you want to use the same settings on all your websites.
Here are some examples of what can be created using SeedPro.
SeedPro is a great way of building your email list before your website launches. It’s got great social media integration, is easy to use and very easy to style. The maintenance mode option is useful too if you need to switch your website off for 30 minutes or an hour to fix something on your site.
The developer license of SeedPro retails for $50. It can be used on as many websites as you want and comes with lifetime updates and lifetime email support. It also supports WordPress multi site and it has a 30 day money back guarantee if you aren’t happy with the plugin. A single license is also available for $20 but only offers support for one website.
Make sure you check out WP Mods later this week as will be giving you the chance to win one of three developer licenses of SeedProd :)
* Thanks to John for sending a test copy of SeedPro for the purpose of this review :)