WordPress is undoubtedly the most stable CMS platform available online and can be easily operated without causing many issues. But, at times, your WordPress site may not function normally because of some common errors.
Through this post, I’ll be helping you learn about 4 of the most commonly encountered errors and will also help fix them. Troubleshooting 4 Of The Most Commonly Encountered WordPress Errors
White Screen of Death
The white screen of death, just as the name implies, occurs when on accessing your site users can see nothing but only a blank page. There are several reasons that results in such kind of an issue, but the most common one is compatibility issues with WordPress plugins or a theme.
Solution: The best way to deal with such an issue requires isolating your plugin’s directory. You can accomplish such a goal, by going to your WordPress install root directory using an FTP client. Once you’ve reached the root, move to /wp-content and find the folder that with the name “plugins” and change the name to something else (for example, try using “old_plugins”). Finally, create a new folder with a new name such as “Plugins”.
This will isolate all of your installed plugins. In case, your site is working fine clearly one of your plugin was causing the ‘white screen of death’ issue. SO, start checking each and every plugin to see which one of them is resulting in that error and deactivate it.
You Cannot See The Changes Made to the Browser
Often when making changes to your theme, you might not be able to see them in your browser. This happens since browsers usually consider the changes that you’ve made to be insignificant, and thus load previously stored data from the cache. As a result of which, you can’t see any changes that were made to your theme.
Solution: You can easily resolve this problem by clearing your browser cache. This is because browsers store information of all your visited websites to load a page quickly. However, refreshing your browser history will help present users with up-to-date information.
Internal Server Error
If you’re serious about establishing yourself as a strong online identity, then at the end of the day, you’ll certainly check your website to see if it was working fine or not. But, what if you woke up the next day and find a message that says “Internal Server Error”, as follows:
The 500 internal server error occurs when the .htaccess file of a WordPress website is corrupt or because your WP installation is corrupt. In addition, limited PHP memory or a conflict with some other plugin or theme can also cause this error.
Solution: The best way to check out what is causing the ‘Internal Server Error’ is to go through your site’s error_log that requires enabling WP_DEBUG function. You can find this function in your website wp-config.php file. Once you have opened this file, start looking for a line that looks something like:
Simply replace the above line of code with:
Your Homepage Looks Different Than the Demo
This is another common errors that you’ll most likely encounter when you’ve chosen to download a pre-built WordPress theme. Once your theme is installed in the back-end, the homepage might not look like the demo.
Solution: You can deal with this problem using any one of the below mentioned solutions:
When activating a WP theme, you might overlook choosing the demo’s homepage layout as your site’s main page layout, and rather may have selected any custom page template as your homepage layout. This is one reason due to which your homepage appears to be different than the demo. To avoid this situation, read the documentation of your theme carefully, and ensure if it comes with a homepage template, or not.
On finding the template, go to Settings → Reading from your website admin area. From the Readings screen select the template you’ve located as your static page option.
The second reason that leads to this error is because of inaccurate reading settings. Wondering how? Even if your WP install do not need to utilize any template for its homepage layout, you might still end up setting your theme to “use a static homepage” unintentionally. Making changes to your Reading Settings can help you tackle with this issue. For this, move to Settings → Reading, and make the “Your latest posts” option checked as shown in the screen shot below:
Are you encountering issues such as the ones discussed in this post? Well, then reading the solution will definitely help you overcome them effectively. But, if you’re still facing certain issues that you can’t resolve, you can consider brining.
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