Finding solutions for some WordPress issues can be a nightmare even for experienced developers, let alone beginners. Here are quick solutions for five of the most common WordPress errors – so you don’t have to waste as much time and energy to resolve them.
WordPress is used by millions of people, and it powers millions of blogs and websites. It used to be a used only as a blogging platform. Today WordPress (WP) is completely customizable and it can be used for almost anything. There are thousands of free themes and plugins you can use to modify and enhance your website or blog. Moreover, you can make so many additional changes in order to best suit your business style and needs from simple tweaks, header, footer and layout modification, to implementation of custom sliders, widgets, ad spots, fonts, etc.
If you are one of those people who love to experiment with vast WP website possibilities and constantly install new plug-ins and change themes, then you are certainly aware of all those errors that can occur during the implementation process. Finding solutions for fixing those errors can be so frustrating and time consuming. However, before you lose your temper, remember that most WordPress problems are resolvable. The error you are seeing on your site has likely already been reported and resolved by someone before you. These are some of the most common errors users have encountered during their work with WP websites and easy solutions to fix them:
Syntax errors are among the most frequent errors users encounter while working on WP websites. If you get the message “Syntax error, unexpected…”, you probably made a mistake while creating your PHP structure. You can easily solve this problem by installing a FTP program (I like FileZilla), connecting via FTP to your WP website and editing the file in question. Based on the text of the error message you can conclude the exact file and line you need to edit. You can either remove the code or rewrite it correctly. Missing curly bracket and quotation marks are most common causes of syntax errors. So, you either opened a bracket and never closed it or there is some other unexpected character missing. Once you have finished editing the code, save the file and upload it back to your server. You can also copy the error code and paste it into a Google search to find the answer.
If you ever see a plain white screen in the place of your WP website with no information about the error, it is most probably the case of the White Screen of Death (WSOD). WSOD occurs when you have a fatal PHP error. This can be caused by issues related to database, plugins or theme:
If the line is showing 64M in default, try 128M. In case the limit of 128M is not enough, just replace the ‘128M’ value with your desired amount. If the problem persists, consult your hosting provider.
Error Establishing a Database Connection
This error means that WordPress is unable to establish a database connection. If WordPress is not able to find the database, it cannot access any information within that database and load your website. This could happen because your database credentials are wrong, your database server is unresponsive or your database has been corrupted.
1. define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘database-name’);
2. define(‘DB_USER’, ‘database-username’);
3. define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘database-password’);
4. define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’);
1 define( ‘WP_ALLOW_REPAIR’, true );
If you visit a post on your website and get 404 page – not found error, most likely there is a problem with WordPress permalink settings. The easiest method to fix this is to go back to the Permalinks settings page and re-save the setting.
We covered some of the most common problems related to WordPress. Whether you are a professional or a beginner, this brief guide can help you save a lot of time and frustration with some of the common WordPress challenges.
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