Fixed – “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute”

I recently upgraded to the latest version of WordPress v3.5.1. I manage many website, and have slowly updating all of them. The main reason being the security flaws in previous versions and the many request I have received to remove viruses from websites.

I regularly update my plugin for the same security reasons and faulting issues, this normally goes off with out a hitch, but sometimes one plugin will break another. The only way to find the trouble is to go deactivate all the plugins one at a time, until the broken one starts working again. I opt to update all of the plugins first, and see if that corrects the issue.

On a recent attempt to do this,  an error occurred during updates to WordPress plugins, and my site was stuck at a white screen with

Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute

So I did what you just did and found the answer. During the installation of updates, WordPress puts a temporary file “.maintenance“in your root directory.

If this file exists, maintenance message will be displayed.

To fix this issue, and get your website back, just go to your FTP directory and delete the file.

You may see some invalid header text at the top of your site, looikng for the .maintenance file. Go back into your plugins and update them one at a time, and the message will go away.

If you need further help with this issue, please call (561)827-5694 we would gladly help you to get your site back online, and virus free.

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Tom Strubinger was raised in the Mid-West and has lived in South Florida since 1995. He got his first exposure to computer maintenance and programming in 1988, and has been the friend and neighbor everyone relied for computer help, ever since. In 2001 after 911 tragedy, he went back to school and started doing IT Support professionally. In 2004 SoFla Networking was incorporated as a LLC and has been thriving ever since. SoFla Networking now offers Complete IT Solutions including Web Design, SEO, and Social Media Marketing.

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