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How to Fix “Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance” Error on WordPress

Hi everyone, it's AlexIn Tech! Today I'm going to share with you an issue that happened to me recently, and how I solved the problem. Like many of you, I am an avid WordPress user. And who says WordPress, says regular updates. But have you ever encountered the famous message "Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance; please return in a minute" ? Well, I do!

Here's what happened: by wanting to update all my plugins at the same time (yes, I know, a little too ambitious), my site ended up stuck with this message. And not for a minute... Even 5 minutes later he was still stuck on this message...

In short, I armed myself with my best companion, Google, and I found the solution. I'll explain it to you step by step.

What happens during WordPress maintenance mode?

When WordPress updates (whether the core system, themes or plugins), it automatically goes into maintenance mode. This mode is not an error per se, but a notification that your site is updating.

Here's what happens when WordPress updates: During the maintenance process, a new file called .maintenance is created in the root directory. This means that the page is not technically an error, but rather a notification of what is currently happening with your WordPress website.

If the update went smoothly, the script will complete and WordPress will automatically delete the .maintenance file, removing the message and restoring access to your site.

The problem persists after the update

In my case, the maintenance message persisted even after the updates were supposed to end. This could be due to several reasons: a slow server response time, an update interruption, or an undeleted .maintenance file.

My solution: Connect via FTP and delete the .maintenance file

To resolve this issue, I used the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) method. Here's how to do it:

  1. Connect to your site using FTP software like FileZilla.

  2. Go to the root directory of your WordPress installation.

  3. Find and delete the .maintenance file.

Once this operation is complete, refresh your site, and normally, the message will have disappeared, and your site will be accessible again.

In summary

Don't panic if you see this message on your WordPress site. The solution is often simple: connect via FTP and delete the .maintenance file. This should resolve the issue and bring your site back online.

There you go, I hope this guide will be helpful to you if you encounter this problem. Remember, the key is to stay calm and have the right tools on hand.

Enjoy 😎

AlexIn Tech



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