FIX Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance Error in WordPress

Apr 18, 2018 | Errors and Troubleshooting

“Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance” is an error in WordPress, this doesn’t mean you have been hacked. It usually shows when the website is updating themes, plugins or the WordPress core. This message disappears when the update is completed. Sometimes you may get panic on how to fix briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance error in WordPress.
During the maintenance mode, a .maintenance file is created in your WordPress directory and this file gets removed automatically when the update process is complete but sometimes it may get crashed due to memory issues or slow server response.
However, if the update process is interrupted then ” Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance error. Check back in a minute ” error continue appearing. Removing .maintenance file from the WordPress directory can fix this error.

How to Fix Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance Error in WordPress

Following are the ways through which error can be removed.

Using File Manager

WordPress directory can be accessed using the file manager.

  1. Login to you to your hosting account and open the file manager.
  2. Find the .maintenance file in WordPress directory.
  3. Delete the .maintenance file from the directory.
  4. Refresh the website if it’s normal or not.

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Using FTP

  1. Login to your WordPress directory through FTP.
  2. Find the .maintenance file and if it doesn’t show, force it to show hidden files using Filezilla.
  3. Now delete the .maintenance file from the root directory.
  4. Now refresh your site.

Using WP-Activate.PHP

If the above-mentioned procedures didn’t work you can try this.

  1. Download wp-Activate.PHP file from WordPress directory to your computer using file manager.
  2. Using Atom open wp-Activate.PHP and locate the line ” define(‘WP_INSTALLING’,true)”.
  3. Replace the variable true with false in the line like this: ” define(‘WP_INSTALLING’,false)”.
  4. Now save the changes and upload the wp-Activate.PHP to WordPress directory.
  5. And refresh your website.

Using SSH

The .maintenance file can be deleted from WordPress directory using the command line.

  1. Create SSH connection to the web server.
  2. Find the public_html folder in your WordPress directory.
  3. Use the command ” -a ” to list the file from directory.
  4. Locate and delete the .maintenance file using this command.
  5. Refresh your website to make it work.

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