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WordPress Maintenance Mode After an Update

While you are updating your plugins, themes or WordPress core itself, your site will be in maintenance mode. WordPress does this by default and it is a safe and recommended way to update your website. After the updates are done, WordPress will automatically remove the maintenance mode.

However, in some cases, even though the updates have been performed successfully, your website will still be stuck in maintenance mode. By going to your homepage, you’ll see something like this:


No need to worry, just log into the FTP of your site (by using an FTP client like Filezilla), and delete the .maintenance file.  Your site will be up again in no time!

maintenance file


White Screen of Death After a Plugin/Theme Update? Don’t Panic!

It happened to all of us, we were checking on our WordPress website, we’ve updated a plugin (a set of plugins even!) or maybe a theme, and instead of our awesome website of awesomeness, there was a just a big white screen laughing at us. This has happened before and it will happen many times more in the future. The most important thing to know in this situation is that it can easily be fixed! Just follow the steps below:

  • Log into the FTP of the site by using an FTP client – I recommend Filezilla which I use on a daily basis
  • Navigate to the wp-content directory of your site and enter the plugins directory (or themes if you updated a theme)
  • Find the plugin/theme folder which you updated and rename it (you can rename it to anything you want – plugins1, 2plugins, myplugins etc.)

This action will deactivate that particular plugin/theme and you will regain control of your website. If you updated a set of plugins and you don’t remember which ones they were, you can rename the whole plugins directory and thus deactivate all the plugins on the site. Afterwards, by logging into the wp-admin area of the site, you can activate them one by one in order to locate the culprit!