Drupal 6: Change theme for maintenance page

To display your maintenance page in your chosen theme and not the Drupal minelli/garland style, you'll need to create a copy of your page.tpl.php file.

Save the copy as "maintenance-page.tpl.php" in your theme folder and rip out all the bits you don't need.

Now set the 'maintenance_theme' variable using variable_set() to whatever theme you wish. It should apply immediately.

variable_set('maintenance_theme', 'your_theme_name');

Tested on Drupal 6.

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