Modifying the maintenance page

If you put the site in maintenance mode, by default users will see a page themed in Garland style. The following will let you provide your own maintenance page.

In your theme directory, create a file called maintenance-page.tpl.php or copy it from the Garland theme. Modify the new file to suit your needs. Then edit sites/default/settings.php. Make sure the following code exists:

$conf = array(
'maintenance_theme' => 'your_theme_name'
);

Put the site in maintenance mode and logout. You will see your new maintenance page. To login, use your site name and add /user. This will bring you to the login page where you can still login using your first Drupal account.