What Causes WordPress Errors?

Learn about some of the most common causes of WordPress errors and how to address these …

Common Causes Of WordPress ErrorsThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Management tutorial series.

In this tutorial, you will learn about some of the most common causes of WordPress errors and how to address these.

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Common Causes Of WordPress Errors

Below are some of the more common issues that can cause errors. Hopefully, if you are experiencing errors with WordPress, these will help you diagnose and fix some of the problems.


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The White Screen Of Death

When the dreaded WordPress “White Screen Of Death” occurs, you will see a completely blank screen with no information displayed on your site …

The WordPress White Screen Of Death

(The WordPress White Screen Of Death)

To learn how to fix the WordPress “white screen of death” error, go here:

WordPress Fatal Error Messages

Issues with WordPress can result in a number of “fatal error” messages being displayed on your screen …

Fatal Error Message

(WordPress Fatal Errors)

Here are some of the more common WordPress fatal errors you may come across:

  • Fatal Error: Issue With A Plugin
  • Fatal Error: Call to undefined function
  • Fatal Error: Allowed Memory size exhausted
  • Fatal error: Maximum execution time

To learn how to fix the fatal errors above in WordPress, go here:

WordPress – Common Problems And Possible Fixes

Problem: .htacess file has become corrupt

Possible Solution: delete existing .htaccess file from your server and upload.htaccess file from a previous backup.

Problem: features on your site don’t work or display code instead

Possible Solution: Check to see if the feature requires a minimum “PHP” version (e.g. “PHP5” or “PHP7”) to be installed on your server in order to work. If it does, then check what version of PHP your server is currently using and ask your hosting provider to upgrade your PHP version if you are using an earlier version.

Also, some features require special server configurations, settings or components such as extensions or object libraries to work. Make sure that your hosting provider supports these if required.

Problem: WordPress Theme Uploader Fails

Possible Solution: If your WordPress Theme Uploader is trying to add the theme into the “uploads” folder instead of the “theme” folder, check to see that your account is configured for “PHP 5”. If you have PHP5 and the problem persists, you may need to raise the upload limit for WordPress (e.g. raise it to 10 MB if the current limit is lower).

This also applies to the WordPress Media Uploader, if you are experiencing problems uploading media files like videos, audios and large images to your site.

To learn how to increase the maximum file upload size limit of your WordPress site , see the tutorial below:

WordPress Hosting Problems

Some web hosting services are just not WordPress friendly. If you discover that this is the case in your situation, consider moving to a more sophisticated hosting provider that is well known for WordPress hosting compatibility.

If you need reliable web hosting for your WordPress site, then see this tutorial or check out the web hosting companies below:

Hopefully, the information above will help you identify and fix any problems you may be experiencing with WordPress.

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Common Causes Of WordPress Errors

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