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September 2018

WordPress Maintenance Mode, What is it?

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Why Does WordPress Have A Maintenance Mode WordPress maintenance mode is enabled while you update plugins or themes. Maintenance mode helps prevent users from accessing your site while the updates are completed. If a user were to access your site while the updates are running they may PHP errors or other “text” that you don’t want them to see. This mode also prevents users from running database updates before the system is ready for them. How does WordPress Maintenance Mode Work When WordPress updates are triggered via the WordPress admin screen the site will go into maintenance mode. While the updates are running a user will see the message “Briefly unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance. Check back in a Minute“, and a blank file named .maintenance is placed in the root directory of the web site.  The .maintenance file tells the WordPress software that the site is performing updates and that the user should not be allowed to access the site. Once the updates are completed the .maintenance file will be deleted and the site is returned to normal operation. WordPress Stuck In Maintenance Mode Some times during the course of updating your WordPress website your site will get stuck in…

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