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

WordPress Error: “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”

Were you busy updating something on your WordPress or BuddyPress site and suddenly this message appeared on a big blank white screen? Don’t fear. Don’t panic. We can fix this in less than 5 minutes.

Option One: Log into your “cpanel,” go to your “file manager” (click the option to view all “hidden files”), and navigate to the document root directory of your website
or
Option Two: FTP into the document root directory of your website

Hint: The document root directory for your website is where you would find all the main WordPress files like wp-config.php and your main directories like wp-admin/ and wp-includes/

Do a quick glance through the files or sort them by “Last Modified.” You should see a file called “.maintenance” with a very recent “Last Modified” date on it. See it? Good. Now delete it.

How to Fix This WordPress Error "Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute."

Viola! Your site is now working again!

But why did this happen in the first place?

Chances are you accidentally refreshed the page or navigated away while you were in the process of updating a plugin or theme. When WordPress is processing an update, it temporarily puts your site into Maintenance Mode. Usually this change in status lasts less than 10 seconds so you and your customers will never notice it. Luckily for you, restoring access is a fairly quick and painless process (assuming of course you have access to cpanel or FTP).

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