FixRunner.com gives a step-by-step guide on how to solve the problem of a Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance error message after an automatic WordPress update.

What’s the problem?

  1. An automatic WordPress upgrade has just finished.
  2. Your site shows an error message telling you that your WordPress is “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance.

How to fix the briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance message

To remove this message, you need to delete the .maintenance file using the following instructions:

Step 1

Access your WordPress-powered website’s root directory via FTP.
Access your website’s root directory - Fix Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance

Step 2

Locate the file called .maintenance.
Locate the file called .maintenance - Fix Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance

Step 3

Remove the .maintenance file from the blog root directory. You’re done!
Remove .maintenance file - Fix Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance

How Can You Use This Information?

Following the steps above, you should successfully be able to remove the briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance error from your site.

However, as the .maintenance file is a sign of a corrupted or failed upgrade, we recommend that you run the WordPress automatic upgrade once again. If you are unsure how to do this and would like us to do it on your behalf, you can request our service, and a developer will get to work on your site.

If you have also tried other steps that solved this issue, please let us know about them in the comments below.