Common WordPress Errors And How To Fix Them (10+ Errors With Easy Solutions)

If you are a WordPress user, you must be completely aware of its performance abilities. WordPress is really easy to use, and it has helped millions establish a profound business. However, some hurdles may have intervened in your process of success.

There are various WordPress errors such as WordPress error logs, WordPress fatal error, WordPress display errors, and some more. Managing WordPress pages and handling those WordPress errors could end life in frustration. Have you ever encountered any WordPress fatal errors?

WordPress errors can happen, but don’t worry- they can be quickly resolved too!

So, if you are searching for a solution to some of the common WordPress fatal errors or WordPress display errors; you have landed on the right page. Within this article, we have entailed the most common WordPress errors you may encounter.

We have also described solutions to these errors. So, let’s get started!

White Screen of Death

There are occasions when no error message reveals on your WordPress site; instead, a plain white screen appears. This is the most disillusion time since no one has any idea what to do.

White screen of death- Common WordPress error

This error normally occurs due to PHP or database errors, but the most possible reasons for this issue arise due to the following reasons.

1. Compatibility Issues with The Plugin

To resolve this issue-

  • Go to administration screens > deactivate plugins one by one

In case you cannot access your admin screen

  • Log on to site via FTP> locate the folder wp-content/plugins > rename the plugin folder plugins_old.

2. Theme Integration Problem

If you have just activated a new theme or created a new site and experience a white screen. Resolve this issue simply by-

Logging into Administration Screen> activate default WordPress Twenty Sixteen/Seventeen Theme.

If you can’t access your admin theme

  • Log on to your site via FTP> navigate wp-content/themes/folder.
  • Now rename the folder and activate the theme.

3. Missing or Renamed Theme Directory

  • Access wp-login.php or/wp-admin/
  • Log into administrator

If you find a message like: “the theme directory (theme name) does not exist”. Then head on to resolve this issue.

  • Switch themes on the admin side
  • Rename your directory
  • Edit the theme and style sheet records in wp_option.

Hopefully, your issue will be resolved but if you still experience problems check out WordPress PHP errors for more information.

Internal Server Error

Internal server error also known as 500 internal server error is the most common but most confusing WordPress error. Viewing this error may end you up in a state of ambiguity. Since the server is unable to identify the problem.

  • Without further delay let's resolve this issue:
  • Check for corrupt.htaccess file
.htaccess- Common WordPress error
  1. The first essential step you need to make is to rename your main .htaccess file to .htaccess_old.
  • Log on to your site using ftp> locate the .htacess file
  • Rename the .htaccess file
  • Go to settings> permalinks and then click on the Save button

And now,

2. Increase your PHP memory limit

3. Deactivate all plugins

Common WordPress error

4. Re-upload core files

Error Establishing Database Connection

When the server cannot access the database “Error Establishing A Database Connection” appears on your screen.

Error establishing a database connection

The most possible reason behind this error is when the database login credentials are modified thereby a misconfigured wp-config.php file occurs.
To resolve this issue

  1. Check wp-config.php file
  2. Access wp-admin and enable this feature
Common WordPress error

3. Log onto your site via FTP
4. Ensure the following information is correct

  • Your Database name
  • Database username
  • Database password
  • And Database host

If all is set then something is wrong on the server end

  • Check your web host (my SQL server)

Hopefully, you will resolve this issue, but if the problem still remains unsolved contact your host.

404 Not Found Error

Have you ever encountered a 404 error? Remember, you may see-

404
404 Resource not found
Error 404
HTTP 404
404 Not Found
Error 404 Not Found
404 Page Not Found
404 File or Directory Not Found

All of them mean the same thing.

Common WordPress error

It is the most fatal WordPress error but the quickest to resolve. It generally occurs due to false permalinks settings in WordPress. So to resolve this issue follow the guideline below:

  1. Go to settings> Permalinks
  2. Click save change buttons
  3. You have successfully updated your permalinks settings and flushed rewrite rules
  4. If the problem still exits> update your .htaccess file manually.
  • Just go to your roots directory
  • Open and add the following codes of lines
# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule>
# END WordPress

And add them to your .htaccess file

Syntax Error- One of The Common WordPress Errors

Likewise 404 error; syntax error is another common but simple WordPress display error that occurs while adding code snippet into WordPress. It generally happens when someone accidentally misses a character in the code, number, bracket or anything else.

Common WordPress error

This is actually a simple problem with a simple solution. Follow the instruction.

  • Go to your server via FTP> browse to the right file
  • Right-click to edit> locate the error in the line
  • Correct the syntax, or delete or disable the code in question
  • Save and re-upload the file
  • Refresh the page

Now Enjoy!

Schedule Maintenance Error

Common WordPress error

If you are updating your site and this message pops on; it’s okay. However, if the process is complete and this message still lingers on then, you need to work hard on it. This generally occurs because a site during updates sets its self in the maintenance mode.

So to resolve this fatal WordPress issue through the following process:

  • Access the server via FTP
  • Delete the .maintenance file.
  • Locate any errors in the serach.php and index.php template files.

Connection Time Out Error

Do you know maximum execution time for a WordPress site cannot be exceeded by more than 5 sec?

Then, the following error appears on the screen.

Common WordPress error

This error generally appears if your site is trying to do more than the server’s capacity. Thus to resolve this issue:

  • Deactivate all plugins one by one
  • Switch to the default WordPress Twenty Sixteen Theme
  • Increase your memory limit in wp-config.php:

To do this place the following code of line at the end of your wp-config.php file:

Common WordPress error
  • Increase the maximum execution time in your php.ini file

Hopefully, you can fix this fatal error with ease. But let’s look into some other fatal errors you may encounter during your experience.

Appearing Sidebar below The Main Content

At times your sidebar moves away from its unusual position and appears below the main content. Yes, this is weird, and it makes look awkward. So, you need to fix this.

This problem occurs when your HTML THEME OR CSS code incurs an error. So, if you have recent updates or made changes in your theme try reverting them back to their original state. To fully overcome this WordPress fatal error looks into:

  • Leftover tags
  • Incorrect margins in CSS

To resolve this issue faster try W3C Markup Validation Service; they would help you to locate the mistake more quickly.

Image Upload Error

There may be times when your image may appear incorrectly after you upload them or may not upload at all. Have you ever encountered such a problem?

This occurs when-

  • Your site gets hacked
  • Or of plugin accidentally rewrites your permission

Thus to resolve this issue, just click on this link and address th issue fast.

‘Are You Sure You Want to Do This?'

‘Are you sure you want to do this' error occurs when the plugin fails to use nonce properly. Nonces are those unique security keys that append to URLs while performing an admin action. Thus to resolve this issue follow the simple procedure:

  • Deactivate your plugins and themes
  • And replace all core WordPress files with fresh copies

To learn more, you can follow this tutorial post.

Failed Auto Upgrade Error

There are occasions when your auto-upgrade feature fails. A warning may appear on your screen stating that the update has failed, or a completely black screen may appear indicating no information. Moreover, a PHP error message may also appear.

This error occurs due to the following reasons-

  • Poor connection with the main WordPress file
  • Problem with your internet connection during the upgrade
  • Incorrect file permission

The first two issues can be quickly resolved, however, if you wish to change the file permission, click on- Changing file permission

RSS Feed Errors

RSS Feed Errors generally occurs when you make changes in your plugins and themes. They are typically caused by poor formatting. A missing lien or extra tabs can break your RSS feed. But don’t worry this error is as simple as it seems. Fix it through two ways; either manually or with the help of a plugin. If you can manage it manually well and good, but if you want the quicker way; install and activate a renowned WordPress plugin.

Click to install Fix My Feed RSS Repair plugin.

Wrapping Up on Common WordPress Errors

WordPress is an excellent platform, but nothing is perfect. Issues arise, but when solutions are there, then no issue exists. Therefore, if you experience any of these problems; don’t worry! Things go wrong; these are the most common WordPress issues that users encounter.

Thus, WordPress has equipped its users with a solution to these problems too. Within this post, we have revealed the most common WordPress errors along with their causes and solutions.

Do you know any other common and fatal WordPress errors? Let us know in the comment section below!


This post is written by Khurram Shahzad. He is an experienced WordPress blogger. And a pro contributor at Quora and Medium.

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