If you are thinking of building a website of your own, WordPress is probably the top-tier Content Management System (CMS) name that you will come across. But just because it is the best option does not mean it is free from problems that might annoy the heck out of you.
If you are a beginner (or even if you are a frequent user) these problems could sometimes be overwhelming as they look overly technical. But fret not, because we are here for you, mate!
Listed below are just some of the most common WordPress problems that might happen upon and of course with an easy-to-follow solution which you can apply in case these happens to you. By the end of this post, we are quite sure you are already fully equipped to win against these most common WordPress problems you just might encounter in the future. Continue reading and use WordPress hassle – free and be like a pro!
1. White Screen of Death. Imagine peacefully exploring the world of WordPress until suddenly a white page appears. Kind of panicking and annoying at the same time, right? We totally understand! White Screen of Death commonly happens when if you have more than one WordPress website. If that’s the case, the problem has something to do with your website hosting provider; but don’t panic as the white screen will only be temporary but if you’re quit worried, you might want to get in touch with your provider.
But if that is not the case, here is what you can do:
You can start by disabling WordPress themes and plug-ins and try to reactivate each gradually until the error re-appears — that is when you will find out where it went wrong.
But after doing so and you cannot still access your dashboard and admin area, you must access your site files through the use of FTP client.
Look for the wp-content/themes or wp-content/plugins folder and start renaming them. This trick should remove the white screen error.
2. Error 404 Found. When your server does not allow you permission to access a certain page, WordPress 403 forbidden error code would normally display. Why does this happen? One of the probable reasons why this message appears is because your permalink settings must be reconfigured.
Then you start asking yourself, “but how do I do this?” Do not worry because this is one of the easiest problems to resolve.
You can fix this issue by simply heading to Settings option and then select Permalinks in your dashboard area and simply click the save changes button – and presto! Error 404 no more!
3. Log in Page Loop. WordPress redirecting you to the log-in page might just be the most basic and most annoying problem that a WordPress user could encounter. But first, why is this constantly happening?
This happens when:
a. when you entered the wrong username or password;
b. there is a failure to set login cookies; or
c. incorrect WordPress URL settings.
What you can do:
a. ensure that the username and password are both correct; and
b. the simplest solution: clear your browser data and ensure your browser has cookies enabled.
If the two solutions above did not work, the problem might be in the URL settings. First, access your WordPress admin area, and select the General page option under the Settings.
If the URLs are incorrect, then the URL settings might be the problem and to fix this issue, you will need to edit the wp-config.php file. You may access it via your File Manager app through your WordPress hosting account dashboard, CPanel, or via a FTP.
Next, select the wp-config.php in the website root folder. Edit your file and paste following code before ‘That’s all, stop editing! Happy publishing’ line:
After that, replace example.com with your own domain name and do not forget to save.
4. Connection Timed Out. If you are seeing the “ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT” error in WordPress, at first you might think that there is a problem with your internet connection. However, that is not always the case; it usually means that your website is trying to do more than what it can manage.
What you can do:
a. deactivate your plugins one by one (as one of your plugins might be causing the error);
b. increase your memory limits in PHP; an
c. try doing our favorite thing to do clear browsing data.
If none of the above-mentioned works, the most common way to resolve time-out issues which is proven to be a ‘no-fail’ is to reactivate the default theme.
5. Other WordPress Issues. Some WordPress website issues may be too plain that can be figured out and solved by simply exploring the WP Dashboard; while other issues may be complicated enough that getting a help from a technical team to manage and do the fix for you is more useful. The latter is a practical solution, especially when you are running more than one website. Most importantly, getting WordPress help allows you to allocate your most precious time to be spent in growing your business.