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I followed the steps on this page: https://drupal.org/node/195435 to style drupal's maintenance page.

All well until the moment I try installing another module (doesn't matter which one) via an url. It does not install the module and it just shows me my maintenance-page--offline.tpl file (-which should only be shown when the database is offline).

The problem also shows up when installing a new theme. I'm running the latest drupal version (7.23).

Anyone having the same problem? What could I be doing wrong here?

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    Is your site set to offline? – Scott Joudry Nov 13 '13 at 0:32
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Be sure to add the $content variable in the template even though you customized some texts in your template file. A sample would be:

<?php if ($content): ?>
<h1><?php print $content; ?></h1>
<?php else: ?>
<h1>Offline due to an unknown issue. Our engineers are working on it 24/7 to resolve this.</h1>
<?php endif; ?>

Apparently, Drupal limits/locks access to the database during module/theme install, thus triggering the maintenance-page--offline.tpl.php. Take note that if you don't have the mentioned file, it will trigger maintenance-page.tpl.php.

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