How to Enable & Disable Maintenance Mode in Joomla 3.5

After installing Joomla 3.5, your site will display the following message: “This site is down for maintenance. Please check back again soon.

This is because Joomla 3.5 is set to Offline by default. In this tutorial we will show you how to turn the Site Offline setting On, or Off. This will enable or disable maintenence mode in Joomla 3.5.

Joomla 3.5 Site Offline Settings
This site is down for maintenance. Please check back again soon.



Enabling & Disabling Maintenance mode

  1. Login to your Joomla 3.5 Admin Dashboard.
  2. Click System, then Global Configuration in the main navigation menu.
    System Global Configuration
  3. You will then be on the Global Configuration page. Ensure you are on the Site tab.
    Global Configuration Joomla 3.5 site tab
  4. You will then see the Site Offline, Offline Message, Custom Message, and Offline Image settings. Below is a description of the available options.
    Site OfflineYes will turn Maintenance Mode on. Choosing No will turn Maintenenace mode off.
    Offline MessageChoose if you want to display an Offline Message. Available options are Hide, Use Custom Message, and Use Site Language Default Message.
    Custom MessageYou can enter a message here about the maintenance you are performing. This will only work if you choose Use Custom Message for the Offline Message settings.
    Offline ImageYou can click the Select button to upload, or choose an image to display along with your Offline Message.

    Once you have selected your settings click the Save, or Save & Close button.
    Setting up Maintenance Mode in Joomla 3.5


Congratulations, now you know how to Enable & Disable Maintenance Mode in Joomla 3.5, by modifying the Site Offline setting!

John-Paul Briones Content Writer II

John-Paul is an Electronics Engineer that spent most of his career in IT. He has been a Technical Writer for InMotion since 2013.

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  • My site shows the message below but when I logon to the backened, and click on system, I only see – Control Panel, Global Checkin, Clear Cache and Clear Expired Cache… I do not have the Global Configuration option.

    This site is down for maintenance.
    Please check back again soon.

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