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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13 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.

  4. Our website got stuck in maintenance mode and we fixed the issue by removing the file mentioned above.


  5. Marek says:


    I just tried to update the WP to the latest one 4.9. It took a while and got stuck in the maintenance mode. So I deleted the .maintenance file in the htdocs directory and now I can only see the white screen, nothing else, cannot login to Dashboard,everything is blank.
    Please let me know how to fix it.

    1. 1and1help says:

      Hi Marek,
      in this case please write us to with your customer details, so we can have a deeper look to it.

      Martin, 1&1

  6. Prakash says:

    I dont have a .maintenance file.. i am still stuck at maintenance mode. What to do?

    1. 1and1help says:

      Hi Prakash,
      in this case it would be the best to write us at with your account details, so we can have a deeper look.

      Martin, 1&1

  7. igor says:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function apply_filters_deprecated() in /homepages/3/d337764469/htdocs/ on line 246

    how can i fix this problem?

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