For years I have been using a great plugin for hiding development sites behind a coming soon page or a holding page. However, like thousands of users, with the latest version (1.13) I was disappointed to see that the plugin had been sold/handed off to another developer. The 1.13 release only added an ad for the new developers other plugins with no way of removing the add. That didn’t work for me, but the beauty of WordPress and the GPL allowed me to fork the plugin and release it myself.
As part of my fork I tidied up a lot of the code, fixed the coding standards so it met with WordPress standards and off course removed the ads. I plan to obviously improve the plugin in the future but for now we all have a version that we can use without being sold to!
You can grab it over at the WordPress plugin repo: