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WordPress is actually a relatively robust blog system that I like to use again and again for new websites. The updates of plugins and of the WordPress core can be installed at the push of a button and in the vast majority of cases this runs smoothly. In the other cases, however, the update sometimes hangs up and you only get this message when you call up the website:
This website is temporarily unavailable due to maintenance work. Check back in a minute.
And if you come by in a minute, you will notice that the error message is still there and the website is closed for updates. But unfortunately the matter then becomes chronic, because this message simply does not leave the place voluntarily.
I have to admit, when I had this case for the first time, I was pretty puzzled about how to get back on top of my WordPress website. After trying unsuccessfully for a few minutes on my own to find a solution to the problem, I gave up and checked it out on Google.
The solution I found is delightfully simple and easy to implement if you have FTP access to the website. If the term "FTP" doesn't mean anything to you, the best thing to do is to contact the support of your host, who is responsible for hosting the WordPress blog. He can either give you the FTP access data or fix the error.
The message "This website is temporarily unavailable due to maintenance work. Please check back in a minute." is triggered by a file called ".maintenance", which is located in the main directory of the WordPress installation. This file is preceded by "." often invisible in the file name when you look into the directory with the FTP program. In almost all FTP programs, however, there is the option in the settings of files with "." at the beginning (hidden files) of the file name.
In my program "Transmit" from Panic software This option is not available, but the files are always displayed.
If you have found this ".maintenance" file in the main directory, you can mark it and delete it. A backup is unnecessary as it is not an important file for WordPress, it just triggers this message that you want to get rid of.
Once you have deleted the file, you can go to the main page of your blog or the admin area again as usual and restart the update or check the "Updates" page to see which updates are still pending.
If you need support, it might be mine WordPress Help Offer interesting for you. I offer my help for bloggers for free if you then write a short article about my offer of help to make it a little better known.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.