65+ Most Common WordPress Errors and How to Fix Them
WordPress errors on your site are no joke. While some may cause only minor inconveniences, others can result in major problems. Downtime, failed updates and installations, and missing resources can prevent visitors from accessing or using your site. This hurts your credibility and potentially affects your income. It’d be almost impossible to know every potential WordPress error inside and out. However, understanding some of the most common WordPress issues users experience can help you prepare and troubleshoot WordPress problems when they pop up. This post covers the most frequently-experienced WordPress errors. I’ve provided resources to help you clear up each of them, so you can get your website up and running again quickly. Let’s jump right in! From 404s to broken media files, this guide will help you banish WordPress errors for good ❌ Click to Tweet 65 of the Most Common WordPress Errors and How to Fix Them In order to cover so many different issues in a single post, I’ve organized them roughly according to type. Below you’ll find a general description of the various components of your WordPress site and the problems they might experience, followed by the specific errors and their solutions. 400 Errors Errors labeled with a number between 400 and 499 are HTTP client errors. This usually means that something has gone wrong during the communication between the browser your site’s visitor is using and your site’s server. 1. 400 Bad Request 400 error response in Google Chrome The 400 Bad Request response is a catch-all for when your server experiences a client error, but it doesn’t fall into a specific category. That means this error has several possible causes, including: An incorrectly-typed URL or one that contains disallowed characters. Corrupted browser caches or cookies. Discrepancies between Domain Name System (DNS) data and your local DNS cache. Trying to upload a file that is too large. Some kind of general server error. Potential solutions include checking the URL for typos, clearing your browser cache and cookies, clearing your DNS cache, and deactivating browser extensions. 2. 403 Forbidden There are many measures in place to keep your WordPress site safe, including varying levels of ‘permissions’. While this feature can prevent people who shouldn’t have access to your site from gaining entry, it can sometimes cause problems if the permissions are not set properly. A 403 Forbidden error is one such problem: 403 Forbidden response in Google Chrome To fix it, you’ll need to reset your file permissions or generate a new .htaccess file. This issue may also be the result of a problem with a plugin, your Content Delivery Network (CDN), or hotlink protection. 3. 404 Not Found A 404 error occurs when a user attempts to access a web page that doesn’t exist. Instead of finding the resource they were looking for, they’ll see a page similar to this one: Kinsta’s 404 Error page This problem is relatively harmless but nevertheless frustrating for users. To avoid it, make sure to fix broken links on your site periodically and implement redirects if you delete a page or move it to a new URL. » Read More
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