7 Common Errors WordPress Users Encounter and Their Fixes

Do you have a website that’s WordPress powered? Then it’s probably what your business needs to reach out to your target audience, boost your ROI and improve your brand identity.

Creating an online venture on WordPress is simple, thanks to its flexibility and user-friendly interface.

But while WordPress is a relatively easy platform to use, there are a couple of errors that you might commit that could make it annoying.

In this post, we’ll walk you through with the eight most common errors WordPress users encounter, and their fixes:

Internal Server Error

Also known as 500 Internal Server Error, this error message is usually shown when the server fails to pinpoint and telling you that is the problem.

The most common reason for this is the problem in the plug-in or the theme function file. It could also be because of .htaccess file corruption, or a PHP memory limit.

To fix this, you can take off the plug-in that you’ve recently installed, and see whether or not the issue is fixed. Outdated plug-ins could also be a problem so try to get rid of those ones as well.

For the theme, you can remove your current theme, and set it to the default one instead.

For an htaccess file that’s corrupted, you need to access your Cpanel and then rename your current file to .htaccess_corrupt. Then, you can reload the page and see if the problem’s fixed. You then need to get rid of the corrupted .htaccess file.

Parse or Syntax Error

This error happens when you encounter an issue with a code on your site. Instead of having your page loaded, an error will usually appear, explaining the issue and where it has happened.

To fix this, you might have to access the specified file using SFTP. You also need to look for the file that’s in question.

If you check with the Parse error message, it will tell of the line in which your problem exists. You then need to look for that line to sort the problem out. Sometimes, the problem could be as simple as missing a parenthesis.

After that, you can hit Yes. You should be able to go back to your site now and see if it all goes back to normal.

Error Establishing Database Connection

If you’re not aware, your database is where WordPress saves all your content, posts and pages, and a couple of other important information.

It’s a crucial part that your website couldn’t exist without. If your connection is down, so will your website.

Here are a couple of culprits and a list of solutions:

Check wp-config.php

This file has access to all the log-in info for the database you’ve entered upon installation. If there’s any problem with your site connecting to the database, then you need to check the credentials here and see if they measure up.

Access wp-admin

Sometimes, some things could go wrong with your database which causes the need for WordPress to fix it.

When you go to  yoursite.com/wp-admin, you’d see a different kind of message which informs you that your database needs to be repaired.

If that happens you can add the line to wp-config.php for you to enable this feature:

define(‘WP_ALLOW_REPAIR’, true)

Then, after that, to start the process, you need to access to http://www.yoursite.com/wp-admin/maint/repair.php. Afterward, get rid of the line from wp-config.php again because otherwise, other people might have access to this function.

Talk to your host

The problem could also be on your provider as well. If neither solutions we’ve stated are working, then the issue might be with the MySQL server. It’s also possible that you’ve reached the maximum size of your database.

404 Error

This error usually happens when you’ve deleted your .htaccess file or the rewrite rules were corrupted. This means that every single post page will return as 404 errors.

Fortunately, the solution here is pretty straightforward. Go to the permalinks settings then click “Save Changes” to create a brand new .htaccess file with the right rewrite rules.

WordPress Stuck in Maintenance Mode

This is an automatic feature that disables your site temporarily while it’s on the process of being updated.

But if the update was canceled before it was even completed, then you might find yourself stuck indefinitely on maintenance mode.

But the great news is that it’s easy to problem to fix. All you need to do is to fire up SFTP, access the root folder of your site then delete the file called maintenance. You might also need to do website debugging as well.

Connection Timed Out

If your connection takes a long time to load, and then you come across an error that says it isn’t available, it means that your connection has timed out.

 It happens when your website is trying to do more than what your server can handle, mostly due to shared hosting and limited resources.

Here are some ways that you can handle this:

  • Deactivate all plug-ins-Problems with your plug-ins can cause time-outs.
  • Switch to a default theme- Time-out connections can also be because of issues with your theme.
  • Increase your PHP memory limit

White Screen of Dead (WSoD)

This usually happens in a plain white screen of death without any error message, making it more frustrating because you have no idea what to do or fix.

It can be caused by an exhausted memory limit or a theme or plug-in that’s poorly coded.

Here are some solutions:

  • Enhance the memory limit- To increase your memory limit, you need to open the wp-config.php file and add this line of code to the primary PHP tags:

          define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ’64M’);

  • Disable all plug-ins a replace your theme with the default oneYou can opt to disable all plug-ins and replace your currently active theme with a default WordPress theme and see if it still displays the white screen of death. If it’s resolved, then it’s likely that your plug-in or theme is causing the problem.

Final Thoughts

WordPress is a marvelous software to use, especially if you have an e-commerce business,  but just like any other platform out there, it does have its flaws. In this post, we’ve revealed the most common errors in the platform, their causes, as well as solutions.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to permanently remove these errors from your system.