When you update plugins and/or themes on your site, WordPress displays a maintenance page that reads:
Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.
This page is a built-in maintenance mode in WordPress and usually is cleared automatically once the updates are complete. Occasionally, an issue may arise and cause this maintenance page to get stuck, which requires a bit of manual intervention to fix.
Clearing the WordPress Maintenance Page
Once you’re connected to your site and viewing the public directory, you’ll see a list of your site’s files and subdirectories. Look for and delete the file named .maintenance.
Preventing WordPress From Getting Stuck In Maintenance Mode
A few scenarios may cause the maintenance page to get stuck and not clear automatically. To prevent this, here are a few quick tips:
- Make sure plugins/themes are compatible with your version of WordPress before updating.
- Update plugins often so you don’t have to run a large number of updates at once. We’ve made this easier for you with our Plugin and Theme Management feature in MyKinsta.
- Avoid updating a large number of plugins or themes at the same time. Depending on the plugins and the extent of the update needed, run 2-3 at a time, or even 1 at a time to avoid potential conflicts or connection issues.