Help! My Blog Is Stuck In Maintenance Mode!

Have you ever clicked the update button for the plugins on your self hosted WordPress blog then refreshed the screen too early and got stuck on this screen?

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It’s pretty scary to see, but there is an easy fix, and it’s as easy as deleting a file.

Log into your FTP account (the below screenshot is from Filezilla, but there are tons of other FTP programs available, including net2FTP which is based in your browser

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See that .maintenance file? It’s a tiny file, but that’s what’s bringing up the maintenance screen. Delete only this file, and refresh your site. Voila! Your site should be performing as it should!

If this doesn’t work, then your next step should be to speak to your hosting company who should be more than happy to help (and if they’re not? Time to find a new hosting company!)

Hayley Constantine

Hayley has been blogging since before most people knew what a blog was! She started Bonjour, Blogger! in May 2013 as a way to share her knowledge and experiences - if you ever have a question, get in touch!

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