Why does my site say “Briefly Down For Scheduled Maintenance”?

Written by Nikhil Chaudhary on
Two developers performing scheduled maintenance on a WordPress site.

Is your website showing the “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance” message?

Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance.

You may encounter this message when applying updates to your site. This happens because a plugin or theme was interrupted before it could finish the updates process.

If you’d like to avoid this, make sure you allow each process to finish before leaving the updates page. This usually keeps the “Scheduled Maintenance” message from displaying.

The message will no longer appear once the plugins or themes have finished updating. Usually, this message goes away on its own after a few minutes. It should not last longer than 10 minutes. Remember to clear your browser cache when you check your site. If you still see this message after clearing your browser cache, and it’s been over ten minutes, please contact Pressable’s Support Team.

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Nikhil Chaudhary

I am a growth marketer with diverse experience across startups. A researcher by training, and an avid reader of science fiction, I take a special interest in all things tech. I have been involved with WordPress for the last 8 years, and currently lead growth marketing at Pressable.