How to fix “briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance check back in a minute”


When you are trying to update your website and suddenly “briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance check back in a minute” this message came. Then first of all don’t panic at this situation first of all your website is not Hacked!. This message can be occurs while doing few things like: updating your site’s plugin or updating the themes. This is a simple maintenance message which you can get rid of very easily. You don’t have to accquire web developer for this simple thing, you too can resolve this issue with just simple steps.

Steps to get rid of briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance check back in a minute message:

First of all you have to check whether this message is showing only on WordPress Dashboard or on the main site too. If the message only shown in the dashboard then you don’t have to do anything just wait for a minute or two, This will automatically disappear and your WordPress Dashboard can be accesible soon. Or if this message is showing both on the main site and the WordPress Dashboard then Follow the simple steps and you will be get rid of this situation.

Login into your CPanel (Control Panel) provided by your hosting provider. To quick access of Cpanel just type simple url: (instead of “” type in other your domain name).

*if you are unable to login into cpanel or not able to find the cpanel login URL then this is the time to contact the hosting provide to do the same.

After entering your login credentials you will be redirected to the main Cpanel Dashboard. Now simply search for the directory or file manager.

Now there must be many folder showing on your screen and you have to open the public_html named folder and delete the .maintenance file from the root level directory of your domain. Confused! ok let me explain it details

right click on .maintenance
simply delete

This message is mostly appears in Dynamic sites not much on Static sites. Dynamic sites are the sites which are based on CMS(content management system) like WordPress, Wix, Jimdo, Joomla etc. In dynamic sites you don’t have to deal with codes, These are simple drag and drop system. While, In static sites there are no CMS. Static sites are managed by front end web developer or Web designer. “briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance check back in a minute” This message mostly appears on WordPress.

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Vineet Srivastav is the founder of Vineet Geek. He is a tech blogger, developer and gadget freak.

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