If you need to work on your Drupal site, you have the option of taking it offline while you do. You can also post a message for your visitors to see. In this message, you could let them know that your site is down for maintenance and when they can expect it to be back up. In this tutorial, I will show you how to take your Drupal site offline, post a message, and put your site back online.
Opening the Site Maintenance Section of Drupal
You will need to begin by opening your site maintenance section of Drupal. In your admin panel, you will need to click the Site Configuration link. When the other links open, look for the Site Maintenance link and click it. On this page is where you will take your site on and offline.
Taking Your Drupal Site Offline
Let’s start with taking your Drupal site offline. On the site maintenance page, you will need to click the Offline option at the top of the page. Then go to the message box and delete the message in it. Next, type your own message in the box. Then click the Save Configuration button at the bottom of the box.
Your site will now be taken offline. You can go to your home page of your Drupal site and see that the site is offline and you will see the message that you posted. When you are ready to turn your site back on, follow the steps below.
Putting Your Drupal Site Back Online
To turn your site back on, you will need to go back to the site maintenance page. Once you are on that page, click the Online option at the top of the page. Go to the bottom of the page and click the Save Configuration button. The site will then be back online.
Taking your site down will not make you lose anything on the site. Everything will still be there when you put it back online.