Fix WordPress stuck in maintenance mode

Occassionally WordPress has a hiccup while doing plugin updates, and you’ll see a message that just won’t go away:

Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.

This typically happens when you navigate away from the plugin update page during the update, which prevents the plugin from being completely updated.

The solution is simple: delete the .maintenance file in the root of your website. You can do this using the rm command (remove, or delete) in the terminal:

rm /var/www/html/

That’s it! You’re done!

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