[Solved] Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance. Check Back in a Minute

Maintenance mode is one of the most core features of WordPress. Basically, this error message occurs while updating plugins in WordPress CMS.

Solution: Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance. Check Back in a Minute

The above message is not an error or a warning; it occurs only while WordPress goes under maintenance, also called “Scheduled Maintenance.” Scheduled Maintenance is just a temporary notice which displayed at our WordPress CMS while updating WP Core or any Plugins.

However, sometimes due to some unpleasant circumstances while updating core libraries of WordPress or Plugins, this message sticks to our website.

Let’s see how to resolve this issue the best way.

Remove WordPress Maintenance Mode Error

Just follow the below steps to get out of maintenance mode in WordPress.

Step 1: Open Root Directory of WordPress

First, we have to open the root directory of the WordPress installation. There are several ways to open the root directory according to which hosting provider you are using.

  • Via Cpanel – Most of the shared hosting provides Cpanel to uses, which is effortless to use.
  • Via FTP – If you are running your website on VPS, you can access your files via FTP. Just contact your VPS provider and ask for FTP login credentials.
  • Via File Manager Plugin – If you do not have any of the above available, don’t worry. We can just do it using the File Manager Plugin.

Step 2: Remove .Maintenance File

After having the website’s file access, find the .maintenance file in the WordPress installation’s root directory.

.maintenance file enables the maintenance mode of the WordPress website, so delete the .maintenance file to let again your website running live.

Just open a new tab in your browser and open your website. I hope your website will open without any issues.

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Here we just solved a simple but important problem that occurs once in a while. Even more, now you have a complete understanding of Maintenance mode and how it works.

Happy Debugging 🙂

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