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How to Fix Sidebar Content Issue And Briefly Unavailable Scheduled Maintenance in WordPress

Updated on  14th December

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In my previous article on WordPress errors, I discussed How to Fix Common WordPress Issues. Today, I will demonstrate how to fix some more common WordPress errors.

So without further Ado, let’s begin,

How to fix Sidebar Content Issue and fix Briefly Unavailable Scheduled Maintenance in WordPress

How to Fix Sidebar Below Content Error in WordPress

As you know that, the sidebar, header, and footer have their names all things considered. They’re detailed, letting you know where every component should exist on a website page. At times, your sidebar, which should be found on the left or right side of your content, appears below your content, things can get a little confusing.

How to Fix Sidebar Below Content Error in WordPress

The reason behind why your sidebar is appearing underneath your content is that there is an HTML or CSS error in your theme. You don’t need to know these front end languages to resolve this issue, but you do need to understand certain things, for example, the div component.

In this section, I will show you how to fix the sidebar below content error in WordPress.

This issue occurs due to the following reasons

  • HTML
  • CSS

Issues with HTML Elements

The initial step should be identifying any problems within the div blocks in your file. Div tag, is an HTML component. It’s a container for several elements that make up a web page, including the content. Every element should be contained inside its own particular <div> tag. You need to check out if all the div file have a proper opening(<div>) and closing(</div>) tags.

To check the divs element use “inspect element” feature on chrome or firefox.

Inspect Element

This issue is happening because of extra div or missing, You can easily resolve the issue while removing or adding required div.

Div Mistake

Issues with CSS Elements

The width of your website has a lot to do with how the elements show on your web pages. The standard site page has a width of 960px, which implies the width of your content, the width of your sidebar and additionally their margins and padding must equivalent 960px collectively.

To make this change, you can either use FTP or use the Appearance >> Editor and edit the style.css and make the required changes.

Floating Errors That Cause Issues with Your Site’s Sidebar

In such cases where your theme’s div elements are missing the float value, the elements don’t know exactly which side the elements should float to each other.

The most important property is the float property, which ordinarily shows up in two formats:

  • float: left;
  • float: right;

Does This Issue Just Exist on Pages?

You need to look at a couple of pages on your site. Does the problem just appear on the pages? If it does, in this case, you’ll need to visit your page.php file for fixing any mistakes.

Does This Issue Only Exist on Pages with Blog Posts?

You need to open a few blog post and check whether this issue appears on blog posts or not. If the sidebar under content issue appears on that single post, then you should edit the single.php using. FTP or Appearance >> Editor.

Appearance Editor

Does This Issue Only Exist on a Specific Page or Blog Post?

In case that your sidebar shows up under content on a particular page or blog post, then the content on that page has some additional divs or is missing some divs.

Issues with Plugins

As you know that, plugin are the most important part of your website. Most probably, a plugin is responsible for this issue. If you’ve installed or updated any plugins recently, try deactivating them to see if the issue stops pertaining.

Deactivate Plugin

If the problem is not resolved, then you need to contact your plugin developer. They just might have the right solution for you.

Once it is done, you should be able to Fix the Sidebar Below Content Error in WordPress without any problem!

WordPress Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance Error

If you’ve been keeping up with your WordPress updates, the message you receive is “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute”. Also, if you’ve already completed the upgrade, this message could still perform. The problem usually occurs when you update the WordPress core itself, compounding the fear factor. This WordPress error also occurs when updating theme or plugin.

WordPress Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance Error

In this section, I am going to show you why this WordPress error happens and how you can resolve the issue.

Let’s have a look…

Why Does This Error Occurs?

When WordPress is updating the core WordPress files, plugins or themes, WordPress puts itself in a temporary maintenance mode state. During the upgrade process, WordPress downloads requires updating files to your server, extracting them, and then the installation of new files.

Maintenance mode is created as a file named .maintenance in the root directory ( the directory that contains the “wp-administrator”). Maintenance mode page is in fact not an error. It is a warning page. If that file exists, then visitors will see the message: Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.

How You Can Resolve This Issue

When such an issue occurs, WordPress creates a .maintenance file in the root directory of the installation. With common behavior, an unfinished or interrupted update may cause issues when your site comes out of maintenance mode.

Now the question is how you can resolve this issue, and the answer is very simple. Delete it manually.

To remove this file, you need to follow the following steps.

  • You need to log on your web server through FTP or your web host’s control panel.
  • Navigate the root of your WordPress install (this is where you’ll find folders for wp-content, wp-admin, and wp-includes)
  • Look for a file called .maintenance  (it should be in wp-content)
  • Delete it
  • Refresh your WordPress site and login again that everything’s normal again.

Once it is done, you should be able to Fix the WordPress Maintenance error without any problem!

Final Words

That is all there is to it. I hope that one of the tricks above may fix the issue you are observing with your WordPress website. I am sure this tutorial proved to be of considerable help. If you have any query or suggestion regarding this tutorial, feel free to leave a comment below.

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Saud Razzak

Saud is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WooCommerce Hosting Platform. Saud is responsible for creating buzz, spread knowledge, and educate the people about WordPress in the Community around the globe. In his free time, he likes to play cricket and learn new things on the Internet. You can email him at

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