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WordPress stuck in maintenance mode

Background

If after upgrading a plugin on your WordPress hosting, and WordPress gets stuck in maintenance mode, there is a simple fix.

The message you’ll get in WordPress that never goes away…

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

TL;DR

When WordPress puts itself into maintenance mode, it does so by creating a file named “.maintenance” in the root folder of your WordPress site. This is the same folder that contains:

wp-admin folder
wp-config.php

To fix the WordPress stuck in maintenance mode problem, you’ll need to connect to your server via FTP and delete that file.

For those interested in what such a file might look like, it appears to simply assign a PHP variable $upgrading with the current Unix timestamp.

cat .maintenance
<?php $upgrading = 1569312968; ?>

Reference:
https://kinsta.com/knowledgebase/wordpress-stuck-in-maintenance-mode/

 

 

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