Fix Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance WordPress Error
By on August 14th, 2009

Quite recently while I was upgrading one of my blogs using the inbuilt upgrading option, I assumed everything would go fine, however when I went to blog I kept seeing a message saying Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute..

Since I was doing a upgrade I thought this message would go away shortly, however it did not.

Well I did a bit of research and found that the above error is because of a maintenance file that WordPress adds to the root directory whenever it is auto-upgrading.

wordpress_maintenance

Most of the time it deletes the maintenance file, however sometimes it may not be able to do that and users will see the above message when they visit your blog.

To fix this error you will need to login to your FTP server and search for a file called .maintenancewithout the quotes, this file should be in the root directory of your WordPress installation.

Once you find the file delete it from your FTP server. Once you do that your blog will return to normal, hope this solves your problem too.

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  • Bain Million

    Thanks for this – it really helped me out when upgrading to wp 2.9.2

    When I did the upgrade it just sat with that ".maintenance" page. Until I deleted it …. then it worked just as you said.

    bm

  • http://thegreenpowerplan.com Curt

    Thaks to you it took me less than 1 minute to google and fix the problem. Otherwise I would be completly lost. Thank you.

  • http://www.webonauta.info Webonauta

    Man I love you so much! You saved my life! Thanks for the fix!

  • Christoph

    Thank a lot for this info ! It helped me a lot to get rid of this stupid “error” in wordpress !

  • http://www.thewebtricks.com Jagan

    Thank you very much,it helped me ,i was freaking out with that error message.

 
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