WordPress – Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance error!

“Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” is an annoying WordPress error every user has encountered before.

This error usually happens when the update is not successfully completed, or during the update. But What happens during WordPress maintenance mode?

While updating the plugin or theme, WordPress goes into the maintenance mode and creates a maintenance file in the WordPress directory. Once the update process is successfully completed, this file gets deleted automatically.

In some cases the update process gets interrupted, WordPress does not get enough time to delete this file and then “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” error message appears.

How to fix “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance” error?

In normal this error message disappears on its own once the update process is over, but in the case, that update process gets interrupted. You will need some help.

The fastest way to solve “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance” problem is to remove the maintenance file manually from WordPress and there are many methods to do that.

METHOD NO 1: Via File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

  • log in to your WordPress directory using FileZilla:

  • find the .maintenance file, right-click on it, and select ‘Delete’.
  • If you are not able to locate the .maintenance file, go to Server On Filezilla’s menu and choose ‘Force Showing Hidden Files’.

METHOD NO 2: Via cPanel

  • via cPanel, go to File Manager.


  • go to the root of the site and/or the public HTML folder and look for the wp-config.php file.

  • Find and delete the maintenance file.

How to avoid “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance” error on your WordPress?

After solving your current problem try to avoid it in the future with these tips:

  • Don’t close your browser while updating. until you see the message that says “Disabling Maintenance mode…All updates have been completed”
  • Don’t Too Many Themes and Plugins at the Same Time.
  • make sure that the theme or plugin you’re updating is compatible with the version of WordPress that you’re running.

And finally, make sure that your WordPress is speed.


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