5 Common WordPress Problems and How to Fix Them

WordPress is the most prominent content management system. In a span of eleven years, it has managed to rise to superstardom in the blogosphere. Over 74 million sites depend on WordPress. One of the reasons behind the popularity of WordPress is the ease of use. Even with little knowledge about websites and how they work, WordPress can help you set up and successfully run a website. However, from time to time, errors do crop up necessitating your attention. Some of these errors are very technical while others are simple and easy to fix. This article discuses some of the common WordPress errors and how you can fix them.

Syntax Errors

This error usually occurs whenever you add code snippets into WordPress and accidentally miss out on part of the code or input the wrong syntax. The resulting error is known as a PHP parse error. When you carefully read the error message, you will identify the strange addition in the code and the line number where the error has occurred. This makes it easy for you to trace and fix the problem. To fix the error, you have to locate and correct the syntax which could be a missing bracket or character in the code.

Internal Server Error

This error is at times known as the 500 Internal Server Error. As opposed to the other errors, the error message here doesn’t tell you much about the nature of the problem hence you will have to figure it out yourself. In case the error is due to a corrupted .htaccess file, identify and rename the file before reloading it. You can also evaluate and increase the PHP memory limit where necessary. To do this, you need to create a blank text file and name it php.ini. In the file, paste the code memory=64MB and save the file. Thereafter, upload the file using FTP to your /wp-admin/ folder.


Database Connection Error

This type of error occurs when your website cannot connect to the database. This is because of incorrect input or modification of database user name, database host and database password. Also, corrupt databases can bring up this error. There are many approaches you can use to fix this problem amongst them repairing and optimising the database to increase performance and getting rid of the corruption.

You can also check the WP-Config file which holds the details for connecting your website to the database. In case you changed your database password and root password, you will have to change this file as well. When your site experiences a high traffic volume, your host server may be overwhelmed leading to a connection error. To solve this, you should contact your hosting provider and inquire about the responsiveness of MySQL server.

404 Error

You probably have encountered this error when visiting a post on your website. When the post is not found for one reason or another, the search returns a 404 error. The common cause of this problem is the permalink settings in your WordPress site. To fix this error, you need to update your permalink settings and where necessary flush the rewrite rules. Go to settings then permalinks and click on the save changes button. You can also manually update your .htaccess file by logging into your server through FTP and modifying the file. The easiest way to go round this is to make the file rewritable by modifying the permissions to 666, repeat the original solution, and then restore the permissions back to 666.

White Text and Missing Buttons Error

This error which appears in the WordPress Visual Editor usually entails the disappearance of buttons or appearance of blank white spaces in place of the buttons. In most cases, this error is caused by corrupt or missing TinyMCE files, concatenated JavaScript that is not working in the admin area or conflict with another plugin that extends or modifies the TinyMCE files. To fix this error, you should replace the TinyMCE scripts folder with a fresh copy. You can also fix the wp-config by adding “define (‘CONCATENATE_SCRIPTS’, false)” after the php opening tag at the top.

There are many errors that you can encounter in WordPress. However, the one discussed above are among the most common but much simpler to handle.

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