How to fix ‘Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute’

Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance

Is your WordPress website displaying: ” Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute”?

you also cannot access your WordPress Dashboard too.

I’m sure every WordPress user must have seen this error sometimes or the other when updating the WordPress themes, Plugins, or even with the core updates. it looks something like this.

Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute

now before fixing this error lets understand what causes this

What happens during WordPress maintenance mode?

so during the maintenance mode, WordPress downloads all the necessary updates files, and after downloading it will extract the updates and install these downloaded files.

The first one, as described above, is done automatically by WordPress, when themes, plugins or the WordPress core needs to be updated.

The second type of WordPress maintenance mode occurs when you want to manually update your own WordPress site, and don’t want your site visitors to be bothered by the updates.

This can be done by installing a WordPress maintenance mode plugin.

In this post, we’ll only see the first, where WordPress automatically creates the .maintenance file.

How To fix Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance Error in WordPress

To go into maintenance mode, WordPress creates a .maintenance file inside your WordPress directory. Normally, this file is deleted automatically when the update completes.

But sometimes there is an interruption of the update process, so the WordPress doesn’t get the chance to delete this file and the default Maintainance message “briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.” message doesn’t go away even after the update is completed.

It also it makes the /wp-admin or WordPress Dashboard unaccessible. follow the below instruction to get rid of this Error Message

Delete .maintenance File

The best and quickest fix to this problem is deleting the .maintenance file from your WordPress directory manually.

Here are two ways to delete .maintenance file and we will look at each.

Using FTP Program Such as FileZilla

  1. Login to your WordPress directory using an FTP program such as FileZilla or WinSCP:
  2. WordPress directory is usually the folder where your site lives – where you’ll find folders wp-admin, wp-content and wp-includes among other files. It is usually the public_html in most server environments and can be anything else depending on where you install WordPress.Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute fixed using FTP
  3. Locate the .maintenance file, right-click on it and choose Delete
  4. Refresh your site now you’ll see that things are back to normal.

Using File Manager

If you don’t have FTP access to your server or don’t know how to use FTP, you can always access your WordPress directory using File Manager. The procedure is usually the same for a majority of hosts like Siteground, Bluehost, etc.

  1. Log in to your hosting account and click the File Manager icon:

Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute access file manager

This will show you a popup. same as above now just click on go.

Now you’ll find yourself in file manager

Locate the .maintenance file within your WordPress directory (you’ll find folders wp-admin, wp-content and wp-includes among other files. It is usually the public_html in most server environments and can be anything else depending on where you install WordPress), right-click on it and select DeleteBriefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute using CPanel

Next, confirm that you want to delete .maintenance file and hit the Delete button. Refresh your site. you’ll get your site back cheers 🙂

I hope this tutorial helps you to get out of the WordPress maintenance mode. Please share this tutorial on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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