System administrators are like janitors for the Internet. They have keys to everything, they make sure you’re warm and safe and if they do their job well you won’t even know they’re there.
… and like all people keeping infrastructure running they are grossly under-payed. 😉
Sometimes well-intentioned features have unintended side effects. Case in point: WordPress’ maintenance mode. Whenever you update plugins WP will automatically enter maintenance mode, which displays a nice message to your visitors that the site will be back online shortly. It will automatically go out of maintenance once the updates are done.
Well, sometimes unexpected things happen: you are stuck in maintenance mode. WP will effectively lock you out … even the admin section will not be accessible. *ugh* This is the moment you start panicking … luckily if you wait 10 minutes or delete the .maintenance file manually you’ll be able to access your site again. *phew*
Just went though that whole cycle. m(