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How to Fix WordPress Stuck in Maintenance Mode

Occasionally, WordPress can get stuck in maintenance mode, leaving your site inaccessible. This typically happens during updates and can be frustrating. In this post, we’ll explore the causes and provide step-by-step instructions to fix and prevent this issue.

Maintenance Mode Screen

What Causes WordPress to Get Stuck in Maintenance Mode?

WordPress enters maintenance mode during updates to ensure smooth execution. If an update is interrupted or times out, WordPress may remain stuck in this mode. Common causes include:

  • Slow server response
  • Interruptions in the update process
  • Incompatibility issues with themes or plugins

How to Fix WordPress Stuck In Maintenance Mode

1. Access Your Site’s Files

Use an FTP client or your hosting provider’s file manager to access your WordPress root directory.

2. Delete the .maintenance File

Locate and delete the .maintenance file in the root directory to remove WordPress from maintenance mode.

  • Connect to your site via FTP and navigate to the root directory
  • Locate the .maintenance file
  • Delete the .maintenance file
How to Fix WordPress Stuck in Maintenance Mode

3. Check for Incomplete Updates

Log in to your WordPress admin area and check for any incomplete updates. Re-run any updates that may not have completed.

4. Clear Cache

Clear your browser cache and any caching plugins to ensure the maintenance mode message is gone.

How To Prevent WordPress From Getting Stuck In Maintenance Mode

To avoid this issue in the future, consider the following preventive measures:

a. Ensure Plugin/Themes are Compatible

Before updating, check that your plugins and themes are compatible with the new version of WordPress.

b. Avoid Updating all Plugins at Once

Update plugins and themes one at a time to minimize the risk of conflicts and ensure each update completes successfully.


Getting stuck in maintenance mode can be frustrating, but it’s usually an easy fix. By following these steps and taking preventive measures, you can ensure your WordPress site runs smoothly. Always backup your site before
performing updates to prevent data loss.

Roee Yossef
Roee Yossef

I develop custom WordPress themes by design. I love typography, colors & everything between, and aim to provide high performance, seo optimized websites with a clean & semantic code.


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