503 service unavailable error: WordPress – wp-admin

Problem: I was trying to update my guitar blog so I could start writing on it again and when I put in my user and password within wp-admin, I got the following error:

“Service Unavailable The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.”

The actual blog and content was coming up fine but could not access the WordPress Dashboard after putting in my password.   Last time I saw this error, it meant that the .maintenance file wasn’t deleted after an update.  But I haven’t done any maintenance for quite a bit and the whole site was down, not just the admin portion.


  1. I looked for a .maintenance file in the root of my directory – none found
  2. I disabled all of my plugins – no change
  3. Checked rights – no issues found
  4. I backed up my blog and upgraded to the newest version of WordPress manually – no luck

Solution: I was running out of ideas so I decided to use the reset password option within wp-admin. Changed my password and what do you know, I was able to login to my blog. I have no idea what the issue is but when in doubt, reboot or change the password. This time it was password!

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