March 31, 2020
March 31, 2020
Have your WordPress website stuck on the “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.” page? In this article, we will show you how to fix this issue and reveal what causes the error in the first place.
This error is a leftover message caused by either the updating process of your WordPress core files or one of your themes encountering an issue during the process.
During the update, WordPress will create a temporary .maintenance file on your site, which will put it into maintenance mode and display the “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.” page.
Usually, this file is automatically cleared when the update is finished, removing the notification page with it. However, there are some cases where the file is not deleted, making your site appear to be in maintenance mode:
The solution to fixing the “Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance” error is simple – delete the .maintenance file created during the update. You can do this by accessing the WordPress directory through the file manager of your hosting control panel or an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client:
If you’re using Hostinger, you can use the hPanel’s File Manager. However, the overall process is similar no matter what platform you’re using:
If you know your way around an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client, you may prefer this method for deleting the .maintenance file and getting rid of the “Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance” error.
If you can’t find the file, there’s a chance it’s marked as hidden. If that’s the case, click the Server button on the menu bar and choose Force showing hidden files.
Fixing the “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance.” error is quite easy. However, it’s best to avoid it altogether by addressing the previously mentioned causes.
First of all, since low memory is one of the potential problems, you may want to upgrade to a better hosting plan that would offer more resources.
It’s also recommended to check if the plugins or themes you’re about to update are compatible with the current WordPress version you’re using. This will help prevent the compatibility issue even further.
Lastly, be patient with the update process. Let it finish on its own and keep away from issuing any additional commands. Keep your browser open while it runs, and don’t make any changes to your hosting account.
When your visitors can’t access your website, even for a minute, your brand’s reputation could be hanging in the balance. So it’s important to notice any errors or issues early on and fix them accordingly.
In this article, you have learned how to fix and prevent the “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance” error. If you have any more questions, feel free to leave a comment down below.
February 07 2019
this was so helpful, thank you!