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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42 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?

  8. Tech says:

    Nice thanks for such a great post and keep sharing ur great knowledge with us …..

  9. Bakeway Blog says:

    Thanks for sharing we are facing similar issue with our blog.When i update my blog to any update it just crash.

    1. 1and1help says:


      another good advice is too test your plugins in such cases. Read more here:

      Best regards,
      Michael, 1&1

  10. Filly says:

    It is interesting.

  11. Rex says:

    Thank you so for delivering this practical tutorial. Disabling WordPress maintenance mode after a failed update is a matter which we WordPress’s users front often.

  12. LetsDoSurvey says:

    Well, thanks for the share. Have made the changes accordingly and things are settled now. I was really frustrated with this issues since a while. But this post gives relaxation over this issue. Anyways, thanks again for this great share.

  13. Naina Sharma says:

    thank you for sharing this useful Tips Guys 🙂

  14. raj says:

    I have no. maintenance file but still shows the.maintenance mode when installing plugins.

    1. 1and1help says:

      Hi raj,

      please ensure that your sftp client shows you also hidden files. Files like .htaccess or .maintenance sometimes only show up if you change this setting. In FileZilla e.g. you find this option at Server > Force Showing Hidden Files

      Best regards,
      Michael, 1&1

  15. Sometimes maintenance mode will be failure in this situation this article helps a lot to prevent update failure

  16. anaya says:

    Can we remove category from wordpress site url

    1. 1and1help says:

      Hi anaya,

      there are plugins which can do that for you. Example (untested):

      Best regards,
      Michael, 1&1

  17. Elaine says:

    Good tip, I see how it works. Thanks for the help.

  18. thank you for sharing this useful Tips. It is interesting and working for me.

  19. I have to maintenance file. and at the plugin installation time, it warns me. So, please be regard to this.

  20. Muneeb says:

    I was searching the same question for 1 month. Now I found this tutorial about WordPress. Thanks for sharing this post.

  21. Login Perks says:

    Thanks For such a great post this helps me alot.

  22. Robin Mark says:

    Thanks for this tip.

  23. karan zale says:

    I have tried the above-mentioned technique, However, it didn’t work for me.

    If anyone can help me out here would appreciate.

    1. 1and1help says:

      Hi karan,

      we need more infos about what is not working exactly. Please write an email to with all details. Providing screenshots would help us better.

      Thanks in advance
      Martin, 1&1

  24. Mahendra says:

    It is great to read such informative blog

  25. Rohit Mishra says:

    Thanks Great Post Very Helpful

  26. Thanks a lot for sharing the tips. But I am not able to find .maintenance file on my server. How do I do that?

    1. 1and1help says:


      Two options in your case:

      1) WordPress is not in maintenance mode, your problem is something different
      2) You have to make hidden webspace files visible in your ftp client (In the settings menu you might find an option for this)

      Best regards,
      Michael, 1&1

      1. Thanks a lot for the reply Michael. It was really helpful. It was the 2nd case for me :). I had missed the trick.


  27. Jane Brewer says:

    Worth reading.

    This what i was wondering for thanks for sharing

  28. Grace Lily says:

    Disable maintenance mode manually using FTP. Log in to your webspace using SFTP. Open the folder of your WordPress website. Delete the file .maintenance.

  29. Mike ross says:

    I was actually looking to disable word press maintenance mode….thanks a lot you helped me with it.

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