Are you in the middle of building a WordPress website?
If you're not quite ready to launch your site but want people to know it's coming soon, you can use an under construction WordPress theme.
This type of WordPress theme can help you create some much-needed buzz before your site is public. You can place an email sign-up form as well as links to your social media profiles to start generating brand awareness and growing your subscriber and follower base.
Let's take a look at some of your best options.
Recommended Plugins for Under Construction and Coming Soon Themes
In WordPress, themes and plugins go hand-in-hand, and the right plugins can make building your site a heck of a lot easier. With that in mind, here are a few WordPress plugins that you might want to consider with this type of theme. These tools will save you a lot of time (and headache) while setting up your site and will power your marketing and sales efforts over time.
HubSpot WordPress Plugin
HubSpot’s WordPress plugin connects your WordPress site to your HubSpot CRM. This allows you to capture, organize, and engage web visitors with forms, live chat, email, and more.
Once your site is up and running, and you start fostering relationships and communicating with visitors over time, HubSpot’s WordPress plugin automatically records interactions in your CRM, creating a unified timeline view of each visitor’s contact history with your business. Not only does this make lead management easier, but it allows you to tailor a truly personalized customer experience for every person visiting your website.
Contact Form 7
Although your site doesn't have much content now, visitors might still want to get in touch with you. You can offer a way for them to do that by including a contact form on your web page. Visitors will send you their information, as well as why they want to contact you, thus initiating a meaningful conversation for your business. Couple this with HubSpot's plugin, and you have a strong baseline for gathering leads for your marketing and sales teams.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)
If only a section of your site is under construction, then you might want to include this plugin as a way to direct visitors to another portion of your website.
This plugin shows posts that are related to the one the visitor is viewing. This works great on a blog or product page, but it can also be used for "coming soon" pages, too. After all, it's better to give your visitors someplace to go next on your site, rather than a dead-end that goes nowhere.
Best WordPress Coming Soon Themes
The best coming soon themes have a clean and professional design with subscription forms, countdown timers, and other features you need to make a good first impression on your visitors and start generating some interest and excitement in your site.
Below are some of the best premium and free options.
Thanks to its intuitive website builder, dozens of ready-to-use design elements, and pre-built website templates, Avada is one of the top-selling themes in the Themeforest marketplace.
Avada Splash is a coming soon template that you can import in one click. It comes with three highly customizable landing page designs for you to choose from for an under-construction page. Below is the compact horizontal design.
2. Divi Theme
Divi is one of the most popular multi-purpose WordPress themes available. It offers designs for any kind of site you can think of, including multiple coming soon templates. These are part of "website packs," which are bundles of pre-designed templates that enable you to build out a consistent-looking branded site.
The Divi theme also comes with a powerful front-end builder. Using the Divi builder's drag-and-drop interface, any user can create a great-looking, unique under construction website without coding.
Gravity is designed to be the most customizable coming soon theme for WordPress. It comes with the WPBakery page builder plugin for building out pages by dragging and dropping elements instead of coding. It also comes with the Yellow Pencil Pro plugin, a front-end design tool for customizing the theme’s appearance.
It also supports several background styles, including image, video, or animations like waves or rain, so you can pick one that’ll best represent your brand and engage your audience even before your site is live. Below is a template with the galaxy animation background.
Bridge is one of the best multipurpose WordPress themes. With 540 pre-designed templates, including six coming soon templates, it offers one of the largest selections of demo sites created by an award-winning team of designers.
You can import any of these templates quickly and easily using the enhanced import module. Depending on the template you choose, you can either customize it with Elementor or the WPBakery page builder. With the import module and one of these page builders, you can create a coming soon landing page in no time.
Woody is a flat WordPress theme that can help you create the perfect under construction page.
In addition to providing the right blend of modern and retro elements, its fully responsive design will make your site look great on all devices. Woody also comes bundled with useful premium plugins, including the Visual Composer drag-and-drop page builder, to make it easy to build an engaging landing page your your upcoming site.
6. Launcher Theme
Launcher is actually a coming soon and maintenance mode WordPress plugin that comes with pre-designed templates. This tool from MyThemeShop is simple and fully responsive.
It also comes with a front-end editor, advanced counter, built-in contact form, and social media icons so you have everything you need to build an under construction site.
The best part is it's entirely free.
Rabbit is a responsive coming soon WordPress theme with a minimalist design. It comes with a built-in contact form, 50+ background effects, and multiple premium plugins including the WPBakery page builder and the Advanced Custom Fields plugin. These plugins help you build a more complex landing page for your soon-to-be-launched website.
All of Rabbit’s coming soon templates provide a section for a countdown timer, your team, your services, and a newsletter opt-in form so you can start generating brand awareness and email subscribers before your site goes live.
EOS is a powerful and feature-rich WordPress theme that can help you create a coming soon page for your WordPress site.
It offers six hero layout options, eight color schemes, three section overlay modes, and a dark and light theme version. You can also add parallax scrolling, video backgrounds, and CSS animations to engage and delight your visitors as they learn more about the upcoming launch of your site.
WebOn is a new theme designed to build all types of landing page websites. It comes with a collection of pre-designed homepage layouts and inner page templates, including a coming soon template.
You can import the coming soon template — and any of the other demos — in one click thanks to WebOn’s demo importer. To customize the template to match your branding, WebOn offers dozens of shortcodes for adding parallax images, social sharing icons, testimonials, a Google Map, and more. It also comes with multiple header, footer, and mega menu options.
Vangard is ideal for freelancers and agencies looking to launch their WordPress website. It comes with 15 pre-designed homepage templates, including one coming soon page.
All of them can be imported in one click, and customized with the bundled WPBakery page builder plugin and Vangard’s collection of shortcodes. You can add an image or text slider, parallax scrolling, animations, and more to inform and captivate your site visitors as they learn more about your website launch.
Used on over 40,000 websites, KALLYAS is one of the most highly-rated and best-selling WordPress themes in the ThemeForest marketplace.
KALLYAS comes with a one-click demo wizard so you can install one of the 70+ pre-built websites— including three coming soon landing pages — in a single click. It also comes with a built-in editor that works on the front end so you can make live edits to whatever template you choose. What sets this theme apart from others is the large selection of design options it offers, with over 150 blocks and widgets.
Oleos is a new coming soon template for WordPress by the ThemeForest elite author designesia. It comes with twelve layouts that have either an animated, image slider, or video background and a countdown timer.
Made with the latest version of the Bootstrap CSS framework, Oleos is designed to be responsive and fast-loading.
WooPress is a responsive template specifically designed for WooCommerce stores. It's a clean and attractive theme with tons of templates, features, and customization options.
It offers over 20 layout options, including a coming soon landing page. That means you can use the coming soon layout as you continue to customize your site. Then, when it's ready, you can use the other layouts to create a site with pages with a parallax design or sidebar or boxed design — and more.
WooPress also comes bundled with premium plugins — including Visual Composer, Revolution Slider, Essential Grid, Master Slider, a live chat plugin, and more — that make it easy for users to create a high-quality site without coding.
Like Rabbit, Mountain is a responsive and minimalist coming soon WordPress theme. Offering a built-in contact form, 50+ background effects, and multiple premium plugins including the WPBakery page builder and the Advanced Custom Fields plugin, you can quickly and easily build a coming soon landing page for your site.
Mountain has a few key differences from Rabbit. The countdown timer is placed in the hero section, instead of on its own. Also, the section below features icons and information about the business's services, not images and information about the business's team.
Lana is a modern and fully responsive coming soon template. Suitable for businesses, agencies, and creative professionals, Lana comes with reusable user interface components and 11 background styles, including an image, video, or slideshow background.
It also comes with a built-in subscription and contact form so you can start converting visitors into leads even before your site is live.
Enfold comes with 36 pre-designed templates, including two coming soon landing pages, that you can import with the built-in demo importer. Enfold also comes with a native drag-and-drop template builder. This sets it apart from other themes that come bundled with a third-party page builder that’s not optimized for that theme in particular. However, it’s important to note that Enfold’s builder does not have a live preview so you’ll need to occasionally save and preview your changes in another tab as you edit.
Enfold is also unique in that it comes with a contact form builder. This allows you to modify your contact form from your backend by adding, editing, or removing the available inputs, text areas, dropdowns, and checkboxes. Since a contact form is an essential feature of any under construction landing page, Enfold’s builder is an advantage.
Purchased over 10,000 times from the Themeforest marketplace, Jevelin has been used to create all types of sites, including coming soon landing pages.
Jevelin comes with over 40 demo sites, two of which are coming soon pages. Not only can they be installed in one click — they can also be completely customized with the drag-and-drop WPBakery page builder and new element editor. This editor gives you granular control over the text, color, background position, and padding of every element on the page.
Waye is a fully responsive coming soon WordPress template that can help make your WordPress site look professional — even when it's under construction.
In addition to coming with a countdown timer and subscription form, Waye includes multiple layout options — including one with an image background, video background, image slideshow background, and parallax background — and six animation background effects. These and more features will help you build an engaging design for your site.
Jupiter is one of the best responsive business themes for WordPress. With over 400 pre-designed page templates — including three coming soon templates — Jupiter makes it easy to build a responsive under construction landing page for your site.
You can customize it using the Elementor page builder, which comes with over 80 elements exclusive to the Jupiter theme. Unlike other themes, Jupiter allows you to edit every part of the theme, from header to footer to forms, and more. For this reason, you can create a truly unique coming soon landing page.
The7 is one of the best WordPress themes powered by WPBakery. While the WPBakery plugin and Ultimate Addons plugin for WPBakery are built right in, the7 also works with Elementor if you prefer. Having access to these page builders — in addition to over 60 pre-built demos including two coming soon templates— makes it possible to create and customize an under construction landing page without coding.
In addition to the WPBakery plugin and demo sites, The7 offers more than 750 customization options to help you create a coming soon site that looks exactly the way you want it to. Or, if you’re short on time, you can use The7’s Design Wizard feature. With this feature, you choose a layout, add your logo, pick a color scheme, and the tool generates a site for you. This can be a real time-saver for creating a quick coming soon site.
21. Coming Soon Lite
Coming Soon Lite is a free WordPress theme that you can use to create a simple coming soon landing page.
Built with Bootstrap, this theme is responsive and highly customizable. It comes with a progress bar and countdown timer so you can keep visitors informed of your website launch. It also comes with a contact form, email subscription form, and social media icons so you can easily connect with site visitors and potential customers.
Selecting a Coming Soon WordPress Theme
A coming soon WordPress theme can help you generate buzz, email subscribers, and social media followers even before your website is live. Use any of the themes on this list to build an effective website under-construction page to begin reaping the benefits outlined above.
Editor's note: This post was originally published in October 2019 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.