There are so many people who take advantage of using the WordPress platform. For this very reason, you cannot always expect for things to run smoothly; issues will occasionally arise.
There are many common WordPress errors that users will experience at some point in time during their use of the platform. However, you can rest assure that the community has come up with solutions for common errors that occur while using WordPress.
So as you read along, you will learn more about some of the most common errors that you might face while using WordPress, as well as the solutions that are used to fix these errors. You’ll be armed and prepared should any of the following errors come up on your WordPress site.
Make Sure to Back Up Your Site
First and most importantly, you need to make sure you backup your site just in case there are any errors that cause you to lose any of your data. Below is a list of plugin solutions that you can also use for backing up.
Some of these options are paid options while others are free to use. You need to make sure you choose one of these plugin backup options before anything goes wrong.
If your site is out of commission, there is always the option of backing up your site manually.
Common WordPress Errors and Their Solutions
Now let’s further discuss some of the most common errors that you can experience in WordPress as well as their solutions.
What You’ll Need
First and foremost, you will want to stay calm and patient. Patience is the main thing that you’ll need when dealing with the type of errors that you’ll experience on WordPress. Solutions can sometimes take more than just a few minutes when you are trying to sort things out.
Besides your patience, the following tools are also what you will need:
- FTP client
- Text editor
Alright, now that we are all set with the proper tools, let’s deal with the first error.
WordPress Parse and Syntax Error
This error often occurs in WordPress when you are adding snippet codes to your page using functions.php.
This mistake is common, but it is also a minor mistake that only means that there is an error with your code that needs to be fixed.
To fix this error, the first thing that you will need to not do is paste the code snippets on your site while it is live. You need to only test snippets in environments that are being tested. So next, you will dial into your server with the use of FTP, browse for that questionable file, right click on the file, and find the error message line.
The next thing that you will need to do is correct it, if you know how, or delete the code. You can also choose to simply disable the code.
After you have taken these actions you can now re-upload your file and go back to your website. This issue should be fixed.
Internal Server Error
The Internal Server Error is, also known as the 500 Internal Server error is another common error that you might face in WordPress.
This error basically means that something is wrong with your server and the issue is unidentifiable.
So what do you do?
So there could be several reasons as to why you are experiencing this server error, which means that there is more than one way that you can resolve this issue.
You can start with checking your .htaccess as this file contains directives for your server such rules for enabling pretty permalinks. It can inadvertently become corrupt which in turn can cause the 500 Internal Server Error.
In order to figure out whether or not this is the reason for the error you will need to access your server through FTP and search for the file error in the root directory.
Now this error is typically hidden so you will need to enable ‘Force Show Hidden Files’ in order to see it.
Once you have found it, you need to right click on it and rename it something that has the name beginning in ‘.htaccess_old’. Then you can try to reload your site.
If the issue is fixed from performing the above actions, all you have to do now is log into your site and save the permalink under Settings, then Permlinks.
Increase the PHP memory limit
If you have insufficient memory, this error can also occur because of this. If this is the case for you, then you will need to increase your memory limit. You will need to go to wp-config.php to do this.
To open this prompt you need to once again open FTP to increase your memory. You can increase your memory anywhere from 64MB, 128MB, and 256MB; whatever suits your personal needs.
If you had an insufficient amount of memory, then this issue should now be resolved after you’ve performed the above steps.
Should notate that not all hosts will allow users to increase the amount of memory automatically. You might have to ask them for permission to have the limit increased.
Deactivate all plugins
If you have a plugin issue, this error could be a result of the WordPress error.
So in order to start the process of fixing the issue, you will need to deactivate all of your plugins to get to the bottom of this problem. Re-activate your plugins one by one, and if this was this issue, it should be resolved.
Should a plugin have caused the problem, this should get you access to the backend.
Re-upload WordPress core files
Another issue that could be the reason for your 500 error, is a core file that could be corrupted.
You can fix this issue simply by downloading the latest version of WordPress. Sometimes if you don’t have the latest WordPress app downloaded it can cause problems with your site.
While doing this might fix your issue, you don’t have to worry about losing any of your content by updating to the latest version.
Contact Your Host
If none of the solutions help, then you will need to contact your host to get the problem fixed by a technical support team member.