If you’ve used WordPress long enough, then it’s a high probably that you’ve encountered the good ole scheduled maintenance white page of death.
Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance. Check back in a minute.
There are a couple of ways to fix this WordPress issue. You can read the book or simply follow my guide. It’s your choice!
You can rest well knowing that reading this guide takes you from WordPress zero to hero in no time.
Before we get to the fix (💡), it’s important to understand why the error occurs.
In short, it’s really not an error but a notification to alert visitors than the website is in maintenance mode and to check back later.
So, you should NOT or stop auto and manually updating your website during high traffic hours.
For most websites, the WordPress scheduled maintenance error occurs due to being hosted in shared hosting environments.
Either a slow web server response or low memory issues are to blame for the kiss of death WordPress screen. 🔦
This is one reason I encourage website owners to invest Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting.
Unlike shared web hosting plans offered as an industry standard, VPS hosting plans have dedicated resources for cpu, memory, and storage.
Most VPS plans start as low as $25 and can move up into hundreds of dollars a month based on your website’s requirements.
I tend to recommend Bluehost and GoDaddy VPS hosting respectively. So, invest a few more dollars and rid yourself the probability of encountering WordPress scheduled maintenance notification due to lack of adequate hosting resources.
Okay, I know you’re waiting patiently for the fix, so onto the fix. 💡
To fix the WordPress scheduled maintenance error, you will need to login to your root directory using your web hosting provider’s File Manager or using a FTP client like Filezilla. If you need help with how to use Filezilla, click here.
💡 Once your logged into the root directory of your website, then look for a .maintenance file and simply delete it. 💡
All should be back to normal with your website available for viewing. However, I do caution you to check to ensure that all updates have been made and executed without fail.
NOTE: If you use your web hosting provider’s File Manager via the browser, it is likely that you’ll have to declare “force showing hidden” files to be able to access and delete the .maintenance file.
When updating versions, themes and plugins, WordPress creates a .maintenance file to notify visitors that your website is in maintenance mode.
The .maintenance file remains intact as appropriate file and database updates are made, and is deleted upon successful completion of process updates.
When not successful for whatever reason, the .maintenance file remains present while holding your website ransom.
But now you know exactly how to fix and get out of WordPress scheduled maintenance mode, kicking butt and taking names, the next time it attempts to hold you and your website hostage.
Feel free to watch the short tutorial video below to learn how to remedy the WordPress scheduled maintenance error and notification message.
Let me know if you have any questions.