Why a Launch Theme?
Whenever you launch a new product or project you should put up a landing page before the actual launch.
This lets you start your marketing efforts early, before launch, and have some place to drive visitors to.
Having a landing page is great, but any visitors that you get, who might be interested in your future product, will most likely forget it by the time you launch. The solution is to gather emails into a launch list and keep interacting with the people who sign up.
Our Countdown Theme for WordPress
WPChimp Countown is a clean and simple coming soon theme that provides a countdown timer and allows visitors to sign up to your mailing list.
The theme is responsive and will work on any device.
You can still have pages and posts like a regular blog and you can create a microsite for your product just by using this theme. Do this and you will have a head start with your SEO at launch.
The theme is highly configurable; you can set the launch date, change any text on the landing page, configure all the menus and use widgets on multiple sidebars.
You can also localize the theme, it is ready to be translated.
WPChimp Countdown works best with our WPChimp plugin, but it also works without it (you just need to add your own signup form).
Setting up the landing page
You will need to use a static front page for the landing page to work. You can do this in two easy steps, like below.
Step 1 – Set up the static pages
Create two empty pages, call the first one “Launch” and the second one “Blog” (you can give them other names).
For the “Launch” page choose the “Coming Soon Page” template and for the “Blog” page, leave the default page template.
Step 2 – Configure WordPress to use static pages
Go to Appearence / Customize / Static Front Page and for the “Front Page Displays” option, choose “A static page”. Two dropdowns should appear when you do this.
In the “Front page” dropdown, choose the “Launch” page from the previous step and in the “Posts” page, choose the “Blog” page.
Save the changes and you are done. All you have to do next is configure the landing page (see below) and set up your menus and other content.
You can customize the landing page from the Appearance / Customize admin section. Check out the screenshots below.
With WPChimp installed: