How to Fix “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” in WordPress

There may come a time, when you are updating WordPress, either updating the main core or one of the plugins, and you get stuck with a “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” message. Here I’ll show an easy fix you can use with your FTP program.

The FTP Quick Fix with the .maintenance File

  • Open your FTP Program
  • Make sure Hidden files are showing. You may need to go into preferences and have this option enabled
  • Next, if you did have to enable Show Hidden files, you may need to log out and log back in with your FTP program.
  • When logged in with your FTP program. Browse to the folder where the WordPress installation has been installed.
  • Look for a file called .maintenance and then delete this file. It’s that simple.
  • See, nothing to really worry about.

The .maintenance Trick Didn’t Work?

Run Home Screaming! No, just kidding if this option is not working for you and  you were updating some WordPress Plugins, then you can try to manually download the plugins that were involved with the update, then upload them via FTP. If there was an underlying issue with one of those plugins getting installed via the WordPress system, then uploading them via FTP should be the next option to try.

Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute

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