An Insight Into Common WordPress Errors and Their Solutions

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Today, WordPress is being loved by everyone. The brilliant features of this amazingly effective content management system (CMS) have been impressing one and all. Although WordPress has been successful in gathering numerous applauds from web developers and website owners across the globe, there have been some noticeable issues that have been bothering website builders all over the world. But you need not worry because with the issues, there are solutions as well.

Today, in this blog, I'll be discussing about few commonly encountered issues during creation of WordPress powered websites. So, let's get going now!

An Insight Into Common WordPress Errors and Their Solutions

WordPress Issue No.1 - Failure of Auto-Update Feature

WordPress comes equipped with an auto-update feature that looks after the security of the entire website. Although this is a great feature, it fails at times. WordPress users will see any one of the following in case of an auto-update failure:

  • A blank white screen (this is also called the white screen of death - WSOD)
  • A PHP error message
  • A warning saying that the auto-update has failed

A simple solution to this problem is updating the WordPress website manually. You can check out different posts that can guide you with the step-wise procedure of updating the WP site.

WordPress Issue No.2 - Unable To Delete an Installed Plugin

There are situations when you might not be able to delete a plugin installed in your WordPress website and the same might appear even after you've deleted the entire directory via the FTP. One of the best solutions to this problem is deleting the respective plugin via Secure Shell (SSH). For this, simply login to your WordPress website via SSH. Now, use all the SSH commands for navigating to "../wp-content/plugins/" and use Is -al to view the entire list of folders. Finally, delete the particular plugin folder with a specific folder name.

WordPress Issue No.3 - Internal Server Error

Unlike a majority of commonly encountered WordPress errors, the internal server error doesn't tell you what you need to fix. This creates frustration for the WordPress user who even after being familiar with the error isn't competent in removing it. The basic reasons behind the internal server error include: corrupted theme functions, corrupted plugin functions, corrupted .htaccess and many more.

Well, the solution for internal server error is purely based on its cause. If you've encountered the error due to a corrupted .htaccess file then all you need to do is simply login to your WordPress root directory via FTP and rename the .htaccess file to .htaccess.old. After this, refresh the browser to check whether the error has gone or not. If the error still exists, then go to Settings-> Permalinks and click on 'save Changes' button in order to reset the .htaccess file.

WordPress Issue No.4 - Appearance of an Error Message Each Time the User Tries Deleting an Old Page or Post

This is a problem that has been reported by WordPress users on a majority of message boards available over the web. On digging deep into the reason behind the problem, it has been found that some plugins tend to interfere with the process of deleting an old page or post in your WordPress website. An easy remedy for this problem is deactivating all your plugins, making the required deletions and finally reactivating the plugins again.

WordPress Issue No.5 - Syntax WordPress Error

Syntax error is quite common among WordPress users who're into the habit of adding code snippets into their WordPress websites. Your screen will display the following in case of a syntax error:

Parse error - syntax error, unexpected $end in /public_html/your_site/wp-content/themes/your-theme/functions.php on line 38

Talking about the cause of syntax error, it mainly occurs due to some missing or unexpected character(s) available in the file that's encountering the problem. Although, syntax error is mostly caused by lesser experienced WordPress users trying to edit the theme/plugin code, there are instances when even a newly installed theme or plugin can cause a syntax error.

WordPress Issue No.6 - Error in Establishing a Database Connection

One of the most common WordPress errors is the incompetency in establishing a database connection.

It can take place due to any one of the following reasons:

  • a wp-config.php error,
  • issues with the web hosting service provider or
  • in case your WordPress website has been hacked

Simple solutions for this issue include the ones mentioned below:

  • Go to your wp-config.php file via File Manager/FTP and check for the accuracy of database name, host, username and password.
  • Get into conversation with your hosting service provider and fix issues with your web host.
  • Opt for scanning your WordPress website to determine whether it's been compromised or not.


Here's hoping the list of WordPress errors and solutions above can render you a brilliant platform for tackling any performance issues that might be bothering your WordPress website lately. So, get going and follow the right measures to get rid of common WordPress problems.

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Edward Jones is a web developer by profession and a writer by hobby and works for OSSMedia Ltd. a WordPress Design and Development Services . He loves sharing information regarding WordPress, Majento, Drupal and Joomla development tips & tricks. If you are looking for WordPress Programmers then just get in touch with him.

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