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How to Fix Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance in WordPress?

Written by Akash Navi

WordPress is an amazing content management system which is available for free, everyone can use this by downloading it from wordpress.org or by installing it on their hosting by using the one click app or script installer.

No doubt every user of WordPress loves it for its simplicity and highly customizable feature. But if you are a newbie to blogger or don’t have enough technical knowledge about it and want to tweak or make any kind of changes to your WordPress site.

You have to be very careful because even a slight mistake can take your WordPress site down which is not good at all. But you can take it up again by fixing the issue. Recently I have published a guide about fixing 404 error on WordPress posts and in this guide, I will tell you how you can fix Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance error.

Why are you getting this error?

Before we proceed to the further part of this guide I would like to explain to you why you are getting Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance error on your WordPress site.

We get this error when we are updating the version of WordPress you are using or a WordPress plugin which you have installed and something goes wrong at that movement.

This error comes often for the people who are using Shared hosting to host their WordPress blog.

How to Fix this Maintenance Error in WordPress?

Fix this Maintenance Error in WordPress

When you are updating your plugins which are installed on your site, it automatically puts itself into maintenance mode. But sometimes if it faces low memory issues at the server level it can’t take your site out of maintenance mode.

But how it takes your blog out of maintenance mode?

Basically, it is an automated process, as soon as the plugin update completes it deletes a file which will be added in the root folder of your WordPress installation.

The file which is deleted automatically from the root folder of your installation is .maintenance

So to fix this issue you have to delete this .maintenance file from the root folder.

You can delete it by two methods and they are,

You can use any one of this two method to access the root folder of your installation, but make sure you have ticked “Show hidden dot files” if you are using online file manager. And if you are using FileZilla FTP client then click on Server and click “Force show hidden files” from the menu bar of the software.

Once you access the root folder delete .maintenance file and your WordPress site will be again accessible.

I hope you are clear with all the steps, but if you have any kind of doubts then you can comment below.

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