How to edit in maintenance mode?

I've never used maintenance mode much before, but I always figured it would allow the admin to go through the site when logged in, and just keep the public out.

I put a site into maintenance mode, and now I can't view any of the front-end pages. I can get into the backend admin, but nothing in the front-end.

Is this how maintenance is supposed to work? Seems a bit less than useful to me...

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goodnightfirefly replied on at Permalink Best Answer Reply
If you are using version 5.6, you can use this add on to do what you're wanting:
CygnetMidwest replied on at Permalink Reply
Thank you! This is exactly what I needed. I wonder why this isn't the defauloy behavior in the core. Doesn't make sense how it works now. Seriously confused my client.