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HowTo: Fix “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”

After installing an update to WordPress I received the error:

“Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”

I was unsure if this was down to my hosts servers being temporarily down, going down during the update or if WordPress had simply failed to update whatever it was updating. Turns out it was the latter and it’s really easy to fix, first log on to your ftp, file manager or whatever for your hosting and browse to your wordpress install, in the root of this there should be a .maintenance file, just delete this and everything should be back to normal. Once back in the WordPress dashboard you may be asked to reinstall whatever failed however sometimes it will have completed the install and just not managed to delete this file.

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HowTo: Make WordPress 3.0 Default Theme (Twenty Ten) Single Column Full Width

The new WordPress default theme, Twenty Ten, is awesome but one thing that annoys me about it was the fact it’s single column template isn’t full width but instead just removing the sidebar and centering the content. It’s really easy to change that though so here’s how I did it:

  1. Under Appearance click Editor to open the theme editor
  2. If it isn’t already click on “Stylesheet (style.css)” on the right hand side (somewhere near the bottom)
  3. Now look for the following section of code (Ctrl+F will come in helpful here to find it) and change the width here from 640px to 900px then hit the Update File button:
/*
LAYOUT: One column, no sidebar
DESCRIPTION: One centered column with no sidebar
*/

.one-column #content {
	margin: 0 auto;
	width: 640px;
}

Now when you view pages which use the one column template they should fill the same amount of space that both the content and sidebar usually do.

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