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Beginner’s Guide to Troubleshooting WordPress Errors (Step by Step)

WordPress errors: I have been working on WordPress for a long time now and in my days of experience I encountered a lot of Common WordPress errors.

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WordPress errors on your site are no joke. While some may cause only little inconveniences, others can result in bigger problems. Downtime, failed updates and installations, and missing resources can prevent visitors from accessing or using your site. 

What a big lost! No worries, This post covers the most frequently-experienced WordPress errors. I’ve provided resources to help you clear up the air!!!

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List of Common WordPress errors

Common WordPress errors
WordPress errors

Here is a list of the common WordPress errors folks experience on WordPress site.

• Parse Error/Syntax Error.

• White Screen of Death (WSoD)

• Internal Server Error (500)

• 404 Error.

• Error Establishing a Database Connection.

• Connection Timed Out Error.

• Your Site’s Sidebar Appears Below the Main Content.

• You unable to upload an image

• You’re Unable to Access the Admin Area

• WordPress Is Stuck in Maintenance Mode

• Missed Scheduled Post Error

• WordPress Failed to Auto-Update

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How to troubleshoot common WordPress errors (step by step)

If your site is experiencing any WordPress error on one of the bad days out of the good days here is step by step guide on how to troubleshoot that WordPress error.

1. Create a Complete Backup of Your WordPress Site:

First thing you should do is to create a complete backup of your WordPress site. If you were not using a backup plugin, then you should start using one immediately. 

Backups allow you to restore your WordPress site easily when something goes wrong. They are your first and most important defence against lost!

2. Clear Browser Cache

A lot of times, your browser may not realize that a WordPress page or post has changed and will load it from the browser cache. This will cause you to view an older version of that page or post.

You may need to clear your browser cache to ensure that you are seeing the latest version of a page. 

3. Clear Your WordPress Cache

If you are using a WordPress caching plugin like WP Rocket, then you may be seeing a cached version of your website. 

You need to clear your WordPress cache to make sure that your website is not serving a cached version.

4. Deactivate All Plugins Installed on Your Website:

Most of the times errors are caused by a plugins conflicting with each other, your theme, or the WordPress core. Deactivating all WordPress plugins on your site will most likely solve the problem. You can then find out which plugin was causing the issue by activating plugins one by one on your site.

5. Switch to a Default WordPress Theme


Sometimes your WordPress theme can cause issues on your site. You can easily find out if your theme is causing an issue by switching to a default WordPress theme like Twenty Nineteen.

6. Refresh Permalinks


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WordPress uses SEO friendly URL structure or Permalinks. Sometimes the permalink structure is not updated or configured properly, which may result in unexpected 404 errors on your site.


7. Fix WordPress Site URL

Having incorrect settings for WordPress URL and Site URL options can also cause redirect issues, 404 errors, and some other common issues.


WordPress URL and Site URL options can be changed from admin area by visiting Settings » General page.

8. Check Reading Settings

If your newly created WordPress site is not indexed by search engines, then this is the first thing that you should do.

Login to your WordPress site and go to Settings » Reading page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and make sure that the box next to ‘Search Engine Visibility’ is unchecked.

This option allows you to discourage search engines from showing your website in search. It is used by webmasters when they are working on a website that is not ready to be live. Sometimes you can accidentally check this setting and forget about it.

Make sure that this option is unchecked when your website is ready to go live.

9. Scanning for Malware:

If you suspect that your WordPress site is affected with malware, then you should scan your website.

The  best website security monitoring service for WordPress site Sucuri.

10. Getting Better Support

If you are unable to fix the common WordPress errors then is time to getting help from your hosting provider.

WordPress is a community software, so you can get help from the community by posting in WordPress support forums ↱

Hope this article helped you learn how to troubleshoot WordPress errors, if have any questions or support use the comment box.

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Originally posted 2021-07-02 10:13:59.

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