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Briefly available for scheduled maintenance message - with fiery background.

Ever tried updating some WordPress plugins and had the screen freeze? Did you refresh madly only to end up with this messages

Well don’t panic. The fix is easy and I’ll walk you through it.

Why this happened

When you go to update a plugin, WordPress puts itself in a temporary maintenance mode state. When you see the “Briefly unavailable…” message, that’s a WordPress-generated notification that alerts any visitors about what’s happening with your site.

This message is normal behavior.

What’s not normal is when your server has a slow response time or for some reason the update script is interrupted (or times out). In that case, the friendly notification morphs into a moment of dread and panic.

How to fix it.

When this happens, WordPress generates a .maintenance file in the root directory of the installation. With normal behavior, the update script completes and WordPress auto-removes the .maintenance file. In the case of an interruption of some sort, this file doesn’t get deleted and the message won’t go away.

The answer? Delete it manually and your live site is back to work now, hope it save your day.

Also published on Medium.

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