Practice English Speaking&Listening with: How to Fix the "Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance" Error

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- [Instructor] Have you ever seen this "briefly unavailable

"for scheduled maintenance" notification

on your WordPress website?

You are not alone.

Almost everyone with a WordPress site

has seen this at some point.

It's a completely normal function

of WordPress's update system

but the problem comes in when it just won't go away.

If you want to learn how to get rid of

or entirely prevent this notification

from disrupting your user's experience,

keep on watching.

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Let's quickly go over why this "briefly unavailable

"for scheduled maintenance" notification

pops up in the first place.

Usually, it only appears for a few seconds

when updates to WordPress core, plugins or themes

are being done.

A file is created called .maintenance which displays it

and when the updates are done,

the file is removed and the notification disappears.

When the "briefly unavailable

"for scheduled maintenance" message doesn't disappear,

there are a few potential reasons as to why.

Perhaps your server's response time was too slow,

maybe a low memory issue

or interruption of an update script is calling it,

the file may have essentially malfunctioned

and so WordPress still thinks that there are

updates to be performed.

It's possible that you closed the browser tab

before the updates were done

and so the removal of the .maintenance file

was never triggered.

Or perhaps the software you're updating

might be incompatible and causing a conflict.

Regardless as to why,

the easiest and fastest way

to remove the "briefly unavailable

"for scheduled maintenance" notification

is to manually remove the .maintenance file.

Make sure you take a backup of your website

before performing updates

and before trying to remove this file.

Let's start with the FTP method.

Use a file transfer protocol or FTP application

to access your site files.

If you're unsure how to use FTP,

we've included a link to Tutorial below.

Once you have access to your site's files,

go to the root of the site or the Public HTML folder

and find the .maintenance file.

Right click or bring up the Context Menu to delete it.

If you don't see it,

make sure that you have enabled Showing Hidden Files.

Refresh your site and Maintenance Mode is now gone.

You can also do this via the File Manager

in your hosting account.

Visit the C Panel or Site Tools area

and find the File Manager option.

Open up the site files and go to the root of the site

or the Public HTML folder to find the .maintenance file.

Again, right click or bring up the Context Menu

to delete or use the Delete icon to remove the file.

If for some reason you cannot find the .maintenance file,

find the one called wp.activate.php.

It will be here in the root directory.

Find the WP installing parameter once you're there

and change it from True to False.

You can do this via the FTP or hosting method

whichever one you prefer.

If you're still concerned that this may happen

when you perform updates,

consider using your own maintenance page

when you perform updates.

In that way, if something goes wrong,

at your viewers will see what you want them to see

and not a confusing notification.

There are a lot of Maintenance mode programs

you can use,

made link to few below.

While it's useful to know how to get rid

of the "briefly unavailable

"for scheduled maintenance notification"

or how to customize it to better suit your WordPress website

it's even better to prevent it from getting stuck

in the first place.

Be sure to keep the Browser tab open

when performing updates to outdated WordPress plugin,

theme or core files.

Before adding a plugin or performing an update,

make sure that it's compatible with your WordPress version.

You can find this information

by going to the Plugins page in the WordPress repository

and finding the mention of compatibility.

Make sure to perform your updates one by one.

On the Updates page in your dashboard,

you can bulk update all plugins at once

but it's much safer to go to the Plugins page

and update them individually.

It's a good idea to have a staging or development site

where you do all of your updates first

to make sure that they don't cause any conflicts or errors.

Then you can push that version to your live site.

If none of these options work,

contact your hosting provider.

You may need to upgrade your hosting account

and get more resources or memory

to handle updates properly.

I've included some links to hosting companies

who have great plans for this.

Thank you for watching.

Please do not forget to Like this video

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for future WordPress training and troubleshooting videos.

Have a bufftastic day.

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