What happens when you accidentally close the tab while WordPress installs an update

Your site gets stuck in Maintenance mode, and shows the message “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance.” And the dashboard doesn’t work. Oh no.

Found out the hard way this morning that closing the tab while updating WordPress plugins gets your site stuck that way. Fortunately, after a bit of googling, I found out you can fix this by accessing your site’s root with an FTP client and deleting a file named “.maintenance”. Boom, fixed.


Hi! I'm Luke Harris.

I make websites for people.

I'm based in Corpus Christi, Texas, and I have over 10 years of experience making it easy for small business owners, non-profits, and religious organizations to reach more people online.