VS Website Closed



This is a lightweight plugin to close your website on selected days of the week.

On selected days your website is closed and a landing page is displayed.

When to use:

  • Close shop because you don’t have time to manage your orders
  • Close for religious reasons
  • Close for maintenance or under construction

Main difference between this plugin and others is that you can select certain days instead of just close or open your website.

How to use

After installation go to the settings page. This page is located at Settings > Website closed.

Select days and customize the landing page that is displayed when website is closed.


Additional styling (CSS) via the Customizer is being ignored when this plugin is active. But you can add custom CSS via plugin settings page.


Please take a look at the FAQ section.


Not included but plugin supports WordPress language packs.

More translations are very welcome!

The translation folder inside this plugin is redundant but kept for reference.


Without the WordPress codex and help from the WordPress community I was not able to develop this plugin, so: thank you!



  • Settings page (dashboard)
  • Settings page (dashboard)
  • Landing page
  • Landing page


How do I set plugin language?

Plugin will use the website language, set in Settings > General.

If plugin isn’t translated into this language, language fallback will be English.

Which timezone does plugin use?

It uses the local timezone set in Settings > General.

Can I preview the landing page before closing website?

Yes, this is possible. Plugin has a preview feature.

Can I close a website permanently?

Yes, this is possible. Just select all days and save the page.

Where to find the image ID?

Every image contains an unique ID. You will find this ID when hovering the image title in the media library of your dashboard (list view) or when editing the image.

It’s the number that comes after: post= or item=

Is SEO taken into account?

Yes, when plugin is active it adds a 503 Service Unavailable server error response code. This tells search engines that your site is (temporary) down.

No Semantic versioning?

Version number doesn’t give you info about the type of update (major, minor, patch). You should check changelog for that.

How can I make a donation?

You like my plugin and you’re willing to make a donation? Thanks, I really appreciate that! There’s a PayPal donate link at my website.

Other question or comment?

Please open a topic in plugin forum.


Sseeboaseka 24, 2023 1 reply
I use this to automatically close our congregational website (fpchurchsantafe.org) on the Lord's Day. It took me less than 5 minutes to setup and I believe every WordPress website should use it. Kind regards to the author of the plugin!
Sseeboaseka 28, 2018
This plugin just works fantastic, has a clean code, no hidden scripts, and has a very simple user interface. I would recommend this plugin If you are looking for a simple maintenance plugin or if you just want to close your website on a specific day, like Sunday, due to religious reasons. Guido, keep up the good work!
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Contributors & Developers

“VS Website Closed” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“VS Website Closed” has been translated into 3 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “VS Website Closed” into your language.

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Version 2.8

  • Fix: admin bar
  • New: admin bar always visible for logged in administrators

Version 2.7

  • Bumped the “requires PHP” version to 7.0
  • Minor changes in code

Version 2.6

  • New: background image
  • Minor changes in code

Version 2.5

  • Textual changes

Version 2.4

  • Minor changes in code

Version 2.3

  • New: admin bar is displayed in preview mode
  • New: setting for page title
  • Added files vswc-variables and vswc-template
  • Relocated template from file vswc to these files

Version 2.2

  • Improved notification at settings page

Version 2.1

  • New: you can add custom CSS via the settings page

Version 2.0

  • Removed function load_plugin_textdomain() because redundant
  • Plugin uses the WP language packs for its translation
  • Kept translation folder for reference

Version 1.9

  • Plugin has a new name
  • But plugin itself and ownership did not change

For all versions please check file changelog.