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How To Fix WordPress Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance

If you’ve ever updated your WordPress plugins (or themes), you’ve undoubtedly noticed that this puts your WordPress website in maintenance mode and displays the following message: “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”

This is totally normal and your WordPress website functionality should return once the plugin (or theme) updates are complete. However, there are times when you may experience your WordPress website “freezing up” during maintenance mode with seemingly no way to escape.

Why a WordPress Website May be Stuck In Maintenance Mode?

You may be “stuck” in the WP maintenance mode notification screen for a number of reasons, which could include:

  • You inadvertently close your browser tab during an update
  • Your server has a slow response time
  • You’re attempting to update too many plugins (or themes) at the same time
  • There’s a compatibility issue between your plugins and/or your theme.

How to Fix a WordPress Website That is Stuck In Maintenance Mode

WordPress automatically creates a .maintenance file within the “root” directory of the WP installation. Normally when the update script finishes, WordPress should automatically remove the .maintenance file. But sometimes, this does not happen which causes the WP website to be “stuck” in maintenance mode.

The Solution

Manually delete the .maintenance file from the server.

Here’s how:

    1. Connect to your server via FTP.
    2. Find the root of your WordPress installation and identify the file named .maintenance
    3. Delete the file named .maintenance
    4. Visit your WordPress website and refresh/clear/empty your browser, then sign in to your WordPress website again.


If you have any questions about how to fix your WordPress website when stuck in maintenance mode or you’d like to speak with our expert WordPress web design team in Scottsdale, AZ, please contact us today.

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