WordPress Errors to watch out for in 2022

WordPress Errors

WordPress’ origins have allowed business owners, companies, and even individuals to create unique websites with the bare minimum of technical knowledge. Currently, more than 60% of all websites on the internet are based on WordPress, showing the platform’s abilities and how deeply it has been embedded in the growth of the internet. Nevertheless, even a website builder like WordPress is not foolproof, and we often encounter errors when updating a website. WordPress is used in so many different environments, and everyone has their own method or approach to using it. Thus, sometimes things don’t go as smoothly as we’d like, resulting in WordPress users encountering errors and other kinds of problems.

The purpose of today’s article is to provide users with a quick walkthrough of the most common errors they might encounter when creating a website using WordPress. Additionally, we will provide appropriate solutions for those errors.

Start by creating a backup for your WordPress site

Before you start working out those errors and making changes to the website, make sure you have created a complete backup of your website. This needs to be done at the very beginning itself, because if something does go wrong during the editing process, you can quickly recover the source code of the working site along with the other settings that you were using. Error handling without creating a backup of a website first can result in the “snowball effect,” where you resolve one error, and two more will pop up on your website, resulting in your WordPress website not functioning correctly.

Backups can be done from your side of the web hosting service that you are using, and they can do the same from their end. Apart from these two options, you can also use a number of WordPress plugins to create a backup of your website. Given below, we have listed some of the well-known plugins that can be used to make a safe and secure website backup for you.

  • Duplicator
  • UpdraftPlus
  • WP-DB-Backup
  • BackupBuddy (paid)
  • VaultPress (paid)

As long as you are creating backups before things go wrong, it doesn’t matter which one you use from the list.

How to resolve common WordPress errors

Now that we have covered the most critical aspect of handling a WordPress error, let’s move on to find out about different types of errors and their solutions. When you are trying to resolve an error, the first thing after creating a backup is not to panic, as panic is not going to help you in any way in resolving the problem. In most cases, the error that seems like it could take down your whole website is not so harmful, and it can be dealt with with a little bit of WordPress error handling knowledge.

On the other hand, the problems that you might be facing must have been met by other website holders as well. So if they can resolve an issue, you can do it too, apart from keeping yourself calm and focused during the problem-solving. You also need to have an FTP client of your choice and a text editor such as Notepad++.

The following are the top ten WordPress errors we will be resolving today.

1. WordPress Parse or Syntax Error

“Parse error – syntax error, unexpected.”

This is a pretty standard error when you are adding a new code using function.php to your already established one. When you update the code, instead of seeing your website working, you get to see the above error, which means there is a mistake in your code, and it needs to be corrected for the website to once again go live. Browsers, on the other hand, are quite sticklers for these types of errors, and they throw a massive fit even when you miss a single bracket or a semicolon in your code.

To resolve, you first need to take out the code that you have updated from your live site and test it in the development environment. Once you take out the error from the code, which can be easily found, the error message will show you where the file that contains the error is. Once you find out the file where the issue is present, go through the code and find out if you have misspelt something or some code syntax which you haven’t closed with the semicolon. Please save the file and re-upload the file; after that, all you need to do is go back to your site and reload it. Refresh the page, and you are all done.

2. White Screen Of Death (WSoD)

The most cryptic error that you might come face to-face with is the White Screen of Death. This error will make your website look utterly blank, as if nothing is present in your URL. There are no error messages to be seen or any form of further assistance. This could happen for a number of reasons, and it basically means your site is not able to load correctly. In the same way, there are multiple methods to resolve this WordPress error. Given below is a quick summary of solutions that you can try yourself in order to get your website up and running once again.

Sometimes, there is an update in the plugins you are using; the most common issue for these WSOD is a faulty plugin. So try disabling them one by one and see if it makes a difference.

Disable Your Theme: The same problem goes with themes as well; when they are updated, they tend to have errors with the other plugins, databases, and other fields of your website. In this case, you can use SFTP to replace it with one of WordPress’s default themes and see if the problem is resolved.

Activate The WordPress Debug Mode: With the help of the debug mode, you can see the errors on each web page of your site. This gives you the ability to pinpoint the exact location of the error that is causing the WSoD.

Purge Your Cache: Data present in your cache could be the problem that is causing these errors. This is because, with the older data present in your cache, you might be seeing the older version of the website, which is not compatible with the browser. If this is the problem, all you have to do is clear out the website’s cache and refresh the web page to see if it has made any changes.

Increase Memory Limit-Sometimes, we tend to go with a lower memory plan when creating a website. This does not cause any issues when you first launch a new website, but it does cause issues over time if your site receives a high volume of consistent traffic. The memory can be filled up pretty quickly. You can raise the maximum memory limit of your site by editing your your_php.ini file.

If you are still experiencing the WSoD, then it is best for you to contact your hosting provider for help in resolving the problem.

3. Internal Server Error

This WordPress is considered to be a confusing error that beginners will come across a lot. The error text is written as “Internal Server Error” or sometimes “500 internet server error.” This error comes up when there is something wrong with your site but the server is not able to find the cause, which results in your website not opening properly as this error message does not provide you with the precise information on where to look for the error. You are left on your own to figure it out.

According to our study, we have found the two most common problems for this error to show up are your website reaching its memory limit. Or the.htaccess file, which controls some of the most powerful configurations of your website, is having some problems.

.htaccess could be corrupted by accident, which results in the error. In order to check whether this is a problem, you can access your server using FTP and find this file in your root directory. One thing you need to know is that, by default, this file is hidden, so you do not make any changes to it by mistake. So you need to force show hidden files to see them.

When you are finally able to see the file, right-click on it and then change the name to.htaccess_old and then try reloading your site. If the issue has been resolved, you need to log into your website and then save your permalink structure, which is present in settings > permalinks. From here, you could generate a fresh and working.htaccess for your website.

To increase the PHP memory limit of your website, you need to access the FTP and then add the following line define (‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT,’ ’64M’). This will cause your memory to increase to 64MB. You can also go up to 128MB or 256MB if that’s what you require for the website to work. Keep in mind that you have to add this line where it was already present. If you have an insufficient memory problem, it will be solved now. There is one thing you need to know here, which is that not every hosting service gives you the authority to update the PHP memory limit. In that case, you need to ask the hosting service provider to increase it for you.

4. WordPress Sidebar Below Content

This WordPress error can be seen when your website’s sidebar is no longer next to the main content of your website, where it should be present, but instead, it is moved below it, causing your UI to look a bit untidy. This also leads to users questioning your site’s integrity and how the theme is working. When this happens, you don’t have to throw out your theme, on which you have worked so hard to get perfect alignments. In addition to this, this error also occurs because sometimes the main content and the sidebar size are not appropriately aligned. That makes the sidebar move to the bottom of your screen automatically.

It can be quickly fixed by checking the div tags. What we are talking about here are the tags that look like div>/

Too many of these tags opened and closed in the wrong place could create this error for your website, especially when the problem is only visible on a specific page or post. In order to see if this is the problem, you can also use an HTML validator.

Apart from this, the fault could be in the theme’s style.css, significantly when you just edited the.css file to add new content.

5. WordPress Images Are Not Loading Up

Everyone wants to see images, videos, GIFs, or any other form of content that is easy to read and memorize. Images are one of the essential parts of WordPress, and there are a few problems that could lead WordPress to manifest an image error. Some of them are written down below:–

  • Images present on your website are no longer visible to your audience.
  • You are unable to add multi-media files to your website.
  • When the upload of images is processed, the image uploaded is still broken.
  • The whole media library is not displaying its content correctly.

None of the mentioned problems above makes you look at your site with ease. The leading cause of WordPress images is the presence of faulty files, or the folder in which these images are located prohibits WordPress from accessing them correctly.

You can start by changing the permission of the files, as it could be changed by mistake or due to a faulty plugin causing these files not to open up. This WordPress error is harmless, but indeed it isn’t very pleasant. With the help of the FTP client, you can change the file permissions for these files with ease. For this, you need to launch the FTP client and then locate the uploads folder located inside wp-content. Right-click on it and then choose File Permissions.

Set up the uploading directory manually and make sure all the folders that are contained in it have permission level 744. Following that, you will need to click on the Ok button, and your FTP will apply those changes to your directories. Follow the same steps for each file, but when setting permissions for image files, we should use permission level 644. Make sure “apply to files only” is enabled.

6. 404 Error

The 404 error basically means that the page you are trying to visit is not available online. This is mainly associated with broken links or changes in the URLs. When this happens, the first culprit to check is the.htaccess file, as this is the configuration file that manages your hyperlink structure. So what you need to do is create a new.htaccess file for your website. You can see how to make it in the above solutions that we have provided. Once it is done, upload the new.htaccess file to your site’s root folder and check if the problem is resolved.

7. Error Connecting to Database

This error will happen when you can’t access the file’s database; if you don’t know what the database is, it is the part of your website where all the contents of the site are saved. The database includes your posts, pages, and other forms of user information. There are a few reasons for this error to happen on your site. This error, no matter its origin, can be resolved in most cases by checking the wp-config.php file. Once you reach this configuration file, you need to see if all the credentials are correct. In order to find the list of correct credentials, you need to open phpMyAdmin. See if the hostname, username, password, and other fields present in the database have the proper credentials. If not, change them in the wp-config.php file. Correcting them will fix the issue, and the site will be able to access the database properly.

On the other hand, if the error is still not resolved, you need to activate the WordPress automatic database optimization tool. This tool can be enabled by adding the following text:

define (‘WP_ALLOW_REPAIR’, true); in your wp-config.php file.

After that, save the file and upload it back to your server so that you can run the newly added script via https://yourwebsiteurl.com/wp-admin/maint/repair.php. Then a page will load up with two options: “repair database” and “repair and optimise database.” Click on either of these two options, and the repair will start. When the process is done, reload the page, and you will get the message that your database tables have been fixed. Once you are done with it and your site is live again, don’t forget to remove the WP_ALLOW_REPAIR from wp-config.php.

Wrapping Up

Here are seven of the most common WordPress errors that you will encounter when using WordPress. You should contact your hosting provider if you cannot resolve these issues using the methods that we have provided. Or if you are using self-hosting, then it is best to contact a technical person who has experience in working with WordPress to get your site back up and running once again.


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