What to do when you are stuck into a WordPress update

Ever used the WordPress automatic upgrade tool and got stuck in maintenance with a message saying “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.“?

If it happened to you, don’t worry, it’s not too bad. When upgrading, WordPress creates a .maintenance file at the root of your WordPress install. If the message sticks, just manually delete that file through FTP and you should be good.

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Once you deleted the file, check your blog to see if you must redo the upgrade.