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(Solution)WordPress maintenance mode error resolution “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute”

WordPress is a system that should always be up-to-date and continue to evolve. However, sometimes we may encounter an error that other wordpress users may have encountered during the update.

If you see this error, we will write the actions you need to take;


Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute


Your site will be placed in maintenance mode if any errors are encountered during the update of the theme, plugin or wordpress kernel, or if the update is interrupted.


First, if you have the opportunity to make a backup of your site.

1) Delete the “Maintenance” file;

As mentioned in the title, if you delete the file named .Maintenance from the root directory, your site will continue running again without any further action. You can do this from your hosting control panel or via ftp.

With Cpanel / Plesk Panel;

  • First, log in to your control panel. (Cpanel: 2082, PleskPanel: 8880)
  • Enter the File Manager and when you enter the Public_html file, we find and delete the .Maintenance file.

Note: If you host your WordPress site in a different directory rather than the Public_html folder, you should search for that file in that directory.


  • Open your ftp program. (Filezilla, Winscp, etc.)
  • Then, after making your connection, locate and delete the .Maintenance file in the directory where your Public_html or wordpress site is installed.

Note: If you do not remember your ftp connection information, you can edit your ftp account password from the panel or request a new password from your hosting provider.

2) Clear the “Upgrade” folder;

The reason we clean up the upgrade folder is that the files of your add-ons that were interrupted during the update are hosted here.

  • Access your website folders with Cpanel / Pleskpanel or Ftp.
  • Open the directory where your public_html or wordpress site is installed.
  • Then open the Wp-Content directory and the Upgrade folder.
  • You can clean the files here.

Once you’ve done all this, you’ll see your site running. In the following, I will introduce a free plugin that shows a regular homepage that visitors can see when your site enters maintenance mode.

WP Maintenance Mode

With this plugin, when your site is taken care of, you will be able to inform your visitors that your site is under maintenance or working with a nice visual in the background.

  • Multisite feature allows you to set up maintenance mode for other blog sites or multiple sites on the same network.
  • Fully customizable. You can change colors, text, and background.
  • Countdown timer can be added.
  • During the maintenance, you can add a contact form where your visitors can send you an e-mail.
  • The design is responsive and is compatible with any screen size.
  • There are social media icons.
  • Works compatible with all wordpress themes.


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