How to disable WordPress maintenance mode after a failed update


You start an update and the update process fails at some point, leaving your WordPress website stuck in maintenance mode.

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

A blank page with some simple words that most of us don’t exactly appreciate when trying to access our wp-admin…

Fortunately, there is a simple solution for this…

Disable maintenance mode manually using FTP

That’s it – you have disabled maintenance mode for your website! You can now restart the failed update, if needed.

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4 thoughts on “How to disable WordPress maintenance mode after a failed update

  1. heri says:

    web saya sering eror tolong dibantu

    1. 1and1help says:

      Hi heri,

      I hope you understand that we can’t offer support in indonesian lanugage.

      Don’t hesitate to send us more details in english via email at We will have a deeper look into your case then.

      Michael, 1&1

  2. karan says:

    thanks for sharing, it worked for me

  3. Dan says:

    Thank you. Appreciate the tip.
    I was able to recover signing in to my admin space on the App Center. That worked also.

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