I have multiple stores and I would like to have different text and images, while the stores are in maintenance mode. To do that I need to change the 503.phtml file .

This is the default content of the file:

<div id="main" class="col-main">
<!-- [start] content -->
    <div class="page-title">
        <h1>Service Temporarily Unavailable</h1>
    <p>The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.</p>
<!-- [end] content -->

Obviously I cannot use the Mage::app()->getStore(), because the Mage.php is not included, but before I start to hardcode it, by getting the domain name using php , I want to ask you if there is another way to do this ?

Thank you!

  • have you tried my way? Have you found any other way? If yes, please share the updates. May 3, 2018 at 13:49
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    @MohitKumarArora Thank you for posting an answer, but I realized that query ing the db during maintenance mode, in my case , is not a good idea, that's why I stick with my answer (hardcoded way , but it works ). Thank you :) May 7, 2018 at 6:27

3 Answers 3


How are you setting the store code etc? If you look further in index.php you will see

/* Store or website code */
$mageRunCode = isset($_SERVER['MAGE_RUN_CODE']) ? $_SERVER['MAGE_RUN_CODE'] : '';

/* Run store or run website */
$mageRunType = isset($_SERVER['MAGE_RUN_TYPE']) ? $_SERVER['MAGE_RUN_TYPE'] : 'store';

If you're extra lazy just copy these checks into the 503.phtml and switch on them.

  • ok, and then what ? :) what is your approach ? Apr 30, 2018 at 14:14
  • Sorry, I thought your question was about how to detect the store/web code when in maintenance mode
    – Richard
    Apr 30, 2018 at 14:16

Since, extracting information from the database is not a good idea, during maintenance mode (especially when you are working with imports :) ), the only way I did it, is using the base url, by getting it via PHP .

  $url = rtrim($_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'] . $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'],'/');
<?php if ($url === 'myurl.nl'): ?>
//html code here
<?php elseif($url === 'myurl.de'): ?>
//html code here
<?php else: //default ?>
//html code here
<?php endif; ?>

Although I have not tried the solution yet, I hope it should work.

  • Create static blocks (having the same identifier name) for each store and add content as per your requirement.
  • Call the static block in the 503.phtml file.

Since the identifier is same, Magento will automatically call appropriate static block per store.

Update: You can use code like below to allow Magento functions in 503.phtml file:

require_once('app/Mage.php'); //Path to Magento

$_layout  = Mage::getSingleton('core/layout');
$_block   = $_layout->createBlock('cms/block')->setBlockId('[block-identifier]');

echo $_block->toHtml();

Please let me know if it makes sense.

  • loading the static block , like: echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock('cms/block')->setBlockId('maintenance_mode')->toHtml(); , is not working . Is there another way ? Apr 30, 2018 at 14:04
  • How would this work when Mage::app() is never being started?
    – Richard
    Apr 30, 2018 at 14:14
  • @Richard As I said the Mage.php file is not included here , so nope :) Apr 30, 2018 at 14:19
  • @Chester, I have updated my answer. Apr 30, 2018 at 18:11

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