SharePoint 2013: How to Create Maintenance Pages

SharePoint 2013: How to Create Maintenance Pages

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Every website has to perform maintenance at some point or another. This can be for different raisons:

 Upgrade or Patches installation

 Troobleshooting

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Often small society just do updates on a live site which might not be suitable for larger small society or departements that needs an update that could take longer to perform. For those updates, you need to take the site down, so you don’t expose broken areas of sites to the users.

There are 6 different maintenance pages. You should choose one of the pages described here under and make your own page:

 1) Short and Simple  2) Be Compassionate  3) Humorous

 4) Familiar Look and Feel  5) Countdown for Return  6) Progress and Updates

 

 

I chose the 1 option: "Short and Simple" to create my maintenance Page. It says what it has to say and even more. There is a hyperlink where customers or even colleagues could click and send me a message so I can answer them directly.

 

 

Therefore you have to create a simple HTML file. Place some descriptive text or images to the file, Make sure the file size is at least 512 bytes (otherwise, you will get 404 page not found error!).

 

 

Navigate now to wwwroot and paste the HTML file.

 

 

When you’ve finished with the HTML file you can connect to the IIS Server where the website is hosted. Select your site and stop this. That's all!

 

 

When customers or colleagues want to surf to your SharePoint Site they will get this screen. As long as this file exists in the root, ASP.NET shuts down the site, stops processing any requests.

 

 

When you’ve finished with your maintenance, just Start/Restart your site and delete the HTML file. Run you’re SP WakeUP and your site will be up and running.

 

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