[2-Min Fix] “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” in WordPress

"Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute"

Do you want to fix “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance? Check back in a minute” error? if your WordPress website is showing this error, don’t panic. It’s normal to a WordPress user and trust me it is very easy to fix.

Basically this “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” error appears while updating plugin, theme or WordPress core. 

Today in this post we are going to cover why you see “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” error in WordPress and how you can fix it supper easily.

In the bonus tips, we will share with you how you can even change this  “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” text according to you, so you will be the pro fixer of this error.

Without wasting much time let’s get into it…

Why WordPress Shows “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute”  error?

First of all, you need to understand this is not an error, it is a notification that your WordPress website shows you.

When you update your theme, plugin, or WordPress core, in this process normally WordPress download your update related necessary file to your server, extract them, and complete the update process.

Sometime during this process, WordPress takes your website in the maintenance mode and shows you “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” notice.

If visitors visit your website during the maintenance mode, they will get notified with “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” message that means something update is going on within your website and they should come after in a minute

Updating multiple plugins at a time

For creating this maintenance mode WordPress creates a new file called .Maintenance on a temporary basis, in your WordPress root folder.

If everything goes perfect or your performed updates are completed successfully then WordPress automatically deletes the .Maintenance file from your WordPress root folder in order to make it normally accessible for your visitors.

But sometimes it seems the “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” notice still appears even after the update is supposedly complete.

This normally happens when you are having a slow hosting server, low memory issue, and also for script timeouts.

For these reasons, WordPress isn’t able to get your site out of the maintenance mode and you still see the maintenance notice(it’s irritating sometimes).

Now let’s see the ways to fix it…

A quick Fix “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” error

As discussed above when we update any plugin or themes, wordpress creates a .maintenance file in the root directory and also after the successful update it delete the .maintenance file automatically.

However, if any potential reason interprets the process, WordPress don’t get time to remove the .maintenance fill as a result “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” starts appearing constantly. 

The best and simplest way to get your website back without this maintenance mode is to delete the .maintenance file from your root directory.

SOLUTION NO 1- Via File Manager:

You can use your File manager to delete the .maintenance file, in order to perform it you have to gain the access to your C-panel. In case you don’t know about ’’how to access c-panel’’ you should contact your hosting provider.

I am supposing you know how to access the C-panel so after that navigate File Manager into your Cpanel and click on that, you will see Public_html again click on that under that folder, you will see the .maintenance file right click on that and delete it.

Delete maintenance file

After deleting the file you can simply refresh your website and maintenance mode will vanish and site will be back to normal.

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Note: if you can’t see the .maintenance file do not worry, under the file manager navigate setting that usually appears at right top, click on that and select show hidden files

SOLUTION NO 2- Via File Transfer Protocol (FTP):

In order to delete.maintenance file via FTP, you must use an FTP Software Program such as Filezilla.

In the very first step, you need to login to your hosting panel and catch the FTP credentials from there 

Now you have to connect your website to FileZilla and you will be able to see the list of your existing files under the Public Folder.

Now, to get rid of “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” message, all you have to do is delete the file named .maintenance.

Delete maintenance file via FTP

That’s it! As soon as you delete the file and refresh your website, it will get back to normal.

Note: In case you are unable to see .maintenance, don’t worry click on Server and “Force showing hidden files.”

Force showing hidden files

How to avoid “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.” Error on WordPress in the future?

Now we have gone through the solution and I am sure it worked, but what we can plan is to not repeat or avoid this notice to your website. 

Don’t update many plugins at a time:

Here I am going to share a few tips on How to avoid “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.” Notice.As discussed it mostly happens because we update multiple plugins & themes at a time as a result sometimes WordPress fails to install the update and creates a .maintenance file. So in order to avoid this, we should not update more than 1 plugin at a time. Try to update them one by one.

Server issue:

Getting this message can also cause for having a slow server, so changing the hosting server can be a good option, and having good hosting also helps you in many ways

Having a low memory:

A low memory limit is also a reason for this notice. So by increasing your PHP Memory limit to your website, can also avoid this message.

plugins or themes compatibility:

You can also check for the plugins or themes compatible with your current WordPress version or not. If any of them is not compatible with your WordPress version, simply you can delete the theme or plugin.

Have you Fixed Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” Notice? : Few things to Remember

Give a check everything is fine. Perform the same process again so you get to know that everything you applied, went well. You should give a hard refresh to your website and check at least 2 times.

Try out a localhost website. In order to perform the updates or if you want to do some experiments, you can consider building a localhost website.

If you are going to edit any existing files to your root directory download it before to avoid any potential loss such as wrongly deleted.

Bonus Tips: Customized Maintenance Mode Text according to you

 Do you know you can customize the text of Maintenance Mode i.e “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute”? I am going to share the easiest way to edit your existing Maintenance Mode text.

The best way to do this is by installing a free WordPress plugin called SeedProd. It is one of the best plugins for this work. After activating this plugin you will be able to customize the maintenance mode text in just a few clicks. Can follow our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Lets see step by step…

After installing and activating the SeedProd plugin you will see SeedProd options at the right side of your WordPress dashboard, from there navigate setting 

The First step is to select Enable Maintenance Mode in General and click on save all changes section see the screenshot for better understanding

Customized Maintenance Mode

In the second step just scroll down at bottom just after General you will see Page Setting

Where you can put your desired text instead of default i.e Get Ready… Something Really Cool Is Coming Soon.

Enable Maintenance Mode

Apart from that, you can customize your Maintenance mode page as per your requirements with the designing options provided by this plugin for free, or if you want the pre-made template that makes your design work easier you can buy their pro version.   

Conclusion:

 I hope this article helps you to get rid of the maintenance mode. In the future, if you see this notice “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” do not panic, now you have the perfect solution to encounter the issue. Please share this article on Facebook & twitter and don’t forget to comment if you have any questions or suggestions, Thank You!

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