Why does Wordpress display "Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute" message?

When your Wordpress website simply shows the error "Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute." it means that an upgrade process was interrupted.

As part of the automatic upgrade WordPress places a file named .maintenance in the installation base folder (folder that contains the wp-admin folder). If that file exists, then vistors will see the message "Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute."

To stop that message from being displayed to vistors, simply delete the .maintenance file (note that this is a hidden file). The automatic upgrade should be executed again in case it failed.

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