Disabling the Simple Coming Soon plugin for WordPress
Simple coming Soon is a pretty nifty plugin by Mario Kostelac that allows you to display a nicely formatted ‘coming soon page’ with a timed countdown indicating the time remaining for the site to be launched. I found it immensely useful while upgrading my site.
The installation and activation instructions are given on the plugin site. If, like me however, you find yourself stuck with the ‘coming soon’ page even after clearing the browser cache, deactivating the plugin or deleting the plugin folder using an FTP client then check whether you have the WP Super Cache plugin installed and activated. The WP Super Cache plugin site says:
The WP Super Cache plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
The static html files will be served to the vast majority of your users, but because a user’s details are displayed in the comment form after they leave a comment those requests are handled by the legacy caching engine. Static files are served to:
- Users who are not logged in.
- Users who have not left a comment on your blog.
- Or users who have not viewed a password protected post.
99% of your visitors will be served static html files. Those users who don’t see the static files will still benefit because they will see different cached files that aren’t quite as efficient but still better than uncached. This plugin will help your server cope with a front page appearance on digg.com or other social networking site.
The solution therefore is to go to the WP Super Cache plugin admin page and delete the cache by clicking the ‘Delete Cache’ button. At this point you can try refreshing the site and it should work just fine and you can rebuild the cache.
If rebuilding the cache doesn’t work, try deactivating the WP Super Cache plugin and refreshing the site page. You can then rebuild the site cache.