WordPress maintenance mode

WordPress Maintenance Mode: How to Fix Briefly Unavailable…

WordPress maintenance mode like “Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance” Error in WordPress usually appears while updating WordPress core, plugins, and themes.

When your WordPress site fails to finish the update, that leaves you stuck in maintenance mode.

In this article, I will share with you how to easily fix the Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance error in a WordPress site.

I will show you why this error occurs and how you can avoid it in the future.

Why Does the WordPress Maintenance Mode Error Occur?

The WordPress maintenance mode page is technically not an error. It is a notification page.

During the update process, WordPress downloads necessary update files to your server extract them, and install them on your site. WordPress creates a temporary  .maintenance file in your website’s root folder.

After the successful update, WordPress will automatically erase the .maintenance file to disable maintenance mode.

Sometimes due to slow WordPress hosting server response or low memory issue, the update script will timeout thus interrupting the process. When this happens, WordPress does not get an opportunity to take your site out of maintenance mode.

Most of the time WordPress maintenance mode caused by the following issues, such as:

  • Your hosting server slow response time
  • Interruption or timeout of an update script
  • A low memory issue
  • Update too many things at once
  • Using a maintenance mode plugin
  • Closed out the browser tab before the update was complete

Then, your site will show a notification like “Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance. Check back in a minute”.

This process works for any themes, plugins, and WordPress core files you need to update.

How to Fix WordPress Maintenance Mode

To fix the error of Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance, you need to delete the .maintenance file from your site’s root folder.

There are two  methods you can use to do this:

Method 1. Use FTP client to fix maintenance mode

You can delete the .maintenance file using your FTP client. For doing this, connect your FTP client with your WordPress hosting server. Navigate to the public_html root folder.

Here you will find the wp-admin, wp-content, and wp-includes folder. You will also found the .maintenance file and delete the file.

If you can not find the .maintenance file in your root folder, make sure you checked your FTP client to show hidden files.

To show hidden files, Go to the menu bar of Filezilla click on the Server. You will see Force showing hidden files option, click on it.

Method 2. Use FTP client to fix maintenance mode

If you do not know how to use an FTP client, then you can also use your cPanel. To delete the file login to your cPanel, then go to the File Manager under the Files section in your cPanel dashboard.

Navigate to the public_html root folder.

Here you will find the wp-admin, wp-content, and wp-includes folder. You will also found the .maintenance file.

Then select the file and right-click on the file then delete the .maintenance file.

Once the .maintenance file is removed from your root folder, your site will come out of maintenance mode.

Now the error should be fixed.

How to Avoid Maintenance Mode

Here are some tips you can use to avoid WordPress maintenance mode in the future:

  • Don’t close your browser while updating- while you are updating your theme and plugins do not close or minimize your web browser tab.
  • Avoid many updates at the same time- Best practice is to update your theme, plugins, and your WordPress core file one by one.
  • Upgrading to a higher hosting plan-Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance or WordPress maintenance mode is caused by slow server response or low memory issue on your WordPress hosting server. The easiest way to avoid this error by upgrading to a higher hosting plan.

If you have a higher hosting plan then update your plugin and theme at a time.

To prevent WordPress maintenance mode, you can use some powerful and flexible tool:


I hope this article helped you fix the WordPress maintenance mode or Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance Error in WordPress.

You may also want to see How to fix Error Establishing a Database Connection in WordPress and How to Fix 500 Internal Server Error in Your WordPress

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