How to Fix WordPress Stuck in Maintenance Mode


Disable maintenance mode on your WordPress website using a file transfer protocol (FTP) connection or by accessing your website hosting cPanel account.

Once you’ve gained access, simply remove the “.maintenance” file located within the main directory, usually under your root directory which is usually “public_html“.


Alternatively, you may log into your hosting cPanel account and use the “File Manager” component to remove the “.maintenance” file. Again, this file is located within the main website directory (public_html).


Show Hidden cPanel Files

The “.maintenance” file is a hidden file. If you cannot locate it within the main public_html directory of your website you will need to click on “Settings“, top right, and check the box to ““. If that doesn’t work or that option isn’t available view our other article on displaying hidden files within cPanel.


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