While many problems seem to be frightening at first glance, the majority of WordPress issues are caused by small flaws that are usually easy to fix. As long as you identify the source of the problem, you can typically do some basic troubleshooting on your own.
We'll show you how to spot the most common WordPress blunders. Let's start from the very beginning!
Syntax Error/Parse Error
Let's start with a basic example. While many of the issues we'll be discussing are inconvenient because they give so little information, the 'parse error' (also known as a'syntax error') at least informs you what's wrong.
This error happens when there is an issue with your site's code, most often in the functions.php file. Instead of your website loading, you'll get a simple message describing the issue and where it occurred.
Death's White Screen (WSoD)
One of WordPress' most well-known and baffling issues is the dreaded White Screen of Death (WSoD). This problem just replaces your whole site with a blank, white nothing, with no error messages or assistance.
This problem might arise for a variety of reasons, but it usually means your site isn't loading properly. As a consequence, there are several methods for troubleshooting it.
Internal Server Error
The Internal Server Error is another issue that may be excruciatingly ambiguous about the underlying problem.
Fortunately, unlike the WSoD, there are fewer plausible sources for this error. It arises when the server runs into an unknown issue, which is generally caused by one of the following:
Your site's.htaccess file has a problem.
The memory limit for your website has been reached.
The 404 Error is well-known among internet users.
It indicates that the server was unable to find the page you requested. The most common reasons for this error are broken links and changed URLs, but it may sometimes happen even though the page you're looking for should be available.
The.htaccess file is usually at fault when this happens. This file also maintains your website's linking structure, and it's possible that it's sending your URLs incorrectly.
Creating a Database Connection Error
As the name says, this error will appear if your site's database cannot be accessible. If you're not acquainted with the term, a database is where all of your site's content is stored. This section provides data about your posts, pages, and users. As a consequence, if you are unable to access the database, your website will not function.
There are a number of reasons for this issue, but the bulk of them stem from a single file on your site, wp-config.php. This file is the most likely source of the issue since it contains all of the information about your website's database.
Connection Timed Out
When a site has tried (unsuccessfully) to load for a long time, this error is most likely to be displayed. It means the server is experiencing difficulties loading the site and has given up.
This may happen for a variety of reasons, the most common of which is that your site lacks the resources it needs to function properly. If you're using shared hosting, another site may be using up all of your server's resources. It's also conceivable that your site's bandwidth limit has been surpassed.
As a consequence, if this issue occurs often, you might consider upgrading your hosting package. By providing your site with more server resources and guaranteeing that it is not damaged by traffic surges on other sites, a higher-tier plan may help you avoid slowdowns and downtime.
The 'connection timed out' warning might appear if your site is placing a lot of strain on the server. As a consequence, we recommend that you speed up your site, deactivate any resource-intensive plugins, and evaluate your theme to see whether it's contributing to the slowdown. You could want to increase your PHP memory limit once again.
The Sidebar of Your Website Appear Below the Main Content
It's possible that you'll notice that your trusty sidebar has moved from its usual location next to each page and post's main text to just underneath it.
This is almost often due to an issue with your theme's HTML or CSS code. As a consequence, this issue is very certainly due to a recent theme upgrade. If you've recently changed any of your theme files, try if returning them to their previous states helps.
Unable to Add Images To Your Account
Your WordPress website's images may 'break' in a number of ways. They may appear incorrectly once you upload them, or you may not be able to submit them at all. In either situation, the issue is very probably caused by incorrect file permissions.
This basically means the site doesn't know you have authorization to add and access the files you're trying to work with. This might happen if your website is hacked or if a plugin accidentally rewrites your permissions.
You Can't Go Into The Admin Area
So far, all of the flaws we've discussed have been caused by technology issues. However, being locked out of your WordPress dashboard is another story. This happens when you forget your password in a nutshell.
Right now, there's no cause to be alarmed. Even if you forget your password, you may still log in to your account. To begin, go to the login page and click the link "Forgot your password?" You may retrieve your password by entering your username or email address.
In the vast majority of cases, this should work. However, this service may be deactivated or you may not have access to the email address you used to sign up in rare situations. If this is the case, you may use phpMyAdmin to reset your password.
WordPress Is In Maintenance
Maintenance mode is a built-in feature that temporarily disables your site while it is updated. This is to avoid situations when users try to use your site's functionality while you're updating it and cause problems.
The method for upgrading is generally so brief that you won't notice the change. If the update is canceled before it is completed, your site might be stuck in maintenance mode indefinitely.
Error with a Scheduled Post That Wasn't Delivered
The option to schedule posts ahead of time is one of WordPress' most useful features. You may write articles ahead of time and then leave the site alone to have them published when you want them.
This method, however, may sometimes fail, resulting in a Missed schedule error next to a post.
Without getting too technical, cron jobs, which are tasks utilized by WordPress to automate numerous activities, are the source of this problem. If the required cron job fails to run at the time your item is scheduled, it will not go live and will remain in your admin dashboard until you manually publish it.
WordPress Auto-Update Failed
It's vital to always maintain your WordPress site up to date. We've been stressing this for years, and it's still one of the most important pieces of advice we provide to all website owners. If you have a managed WordPress hosting package, you won't have to do anything since new WordPress updates will be applied for you.
Occasionally, though, something goes wrong and the automatic update fails.
Of course, this is a rare occurrence, but it does occur. A server connection problem with your WordPress files, wrong file permissions (as previously discussed), or an unstable internet connection are all common causes.
If WordPress fails to auto-update, you may get a WSoD or encounter warning issues while trying to access your site. To fix this, manually update WordPress by downloading the most current version and using SFTP to transfer it to your site.
It's rare that you'll have issues with WordPress, but when you do, they may be a tremendous hassle. However, the majority of the problems you'll encounter are often easier than they seem at first glance.
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