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

  • 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.

Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute

.maintenance