Even though WordPress is a very user-friendly and customization-friendly CMS, WordPress users often face various errors on their websites.
To help you in overcoming some of the common WordPress errors, today we have compiled a list featuring the most commonly encountered errors and ways to prevent them.
Just Before You Begin
Before you make any changes to your WordPress site, always make sure to take a backup of your site. In case anything goes wrong, there are high chances of your site going offline and you losing all the content featured on your site. Taking a backup of your site will be helpful to restore your website in case any issues happen.
How to prevent Syntax Error in WordPress
Syntax errors are usually caused when users try to add incorrect code snippets in WordPress where the syntax formation is wrong.
When faced with a syntax error, users will see an error message with the title “Parse error- Syntax Error”. The remaining part of the error message will indicate the location, line number, and error found in the code script.
How to prevent it?
Syntax error means that the formation of your code snippet is incorrect, meaning that you might have forgotten to include necessary commas, brackets, etc.
To prevent the syntax error from happening again, use the Code Snippets plugin for WordPress.
What the Code Snippets WordPress plugin does is that it allows you to manage the custom code snippets that you use on your WordPress site by creating a custom field with a title for the snippet.
In the worst case, if the snippet has some syntax error, the plugin automatically detects it and disables the plugin thus preventing your site from displaying a syntax error message.
How to prevent Error Establishing Database Connection in WordPress?
The error establishing database connection in WordPress is indeed a very common and very much irritating issue.
This error appears when the WordPress site is not able to connect to the backend database, which again refers to either the database credentials used in the WordPress site being incorrect, a database corruption, or unresponsive server.
How to prevent it?
If you have recently changed the password of your database or your root login, then you will have to change the password in the “WP-Config.php” file of your WordPress site as well. The “WP-Config.php” file is the most important file in a WordPress installation. So do be careful when you edit this file.
For a detailed solution on how to fix this error, do check out the guide that 000webhost.com has written on how to fix error establishing database connection in WordPress issue.
How to prevent PHP Errors in WordPress?
PHP errors are especially for plugin developers in order to understand the errors in their code and to help them resolve those errors. However, if you have any plugin installed on your WordPress site which has an unresolved PHP error, then the error message will also appear on your website as well, making it visible to people who reach your site and giving a totally unprofessional look to your website.
How to prevent it?
In order to prevent PHP errors from appearing on your site, follow the below steps.
- Open the “WP-Config.php” file on your WordPress site.
- Find the line “define(‘WP_DEBUG’,true);”.
- Replace the above line with the entire code mentioned below:
- Save the changes and upload the file back.
Once the above code edit is done, you will no longer be able to see the PHP errors on your WordPress site.
How to fix Fatal Errors in WordPress?
WordPress is a platform that is mainly constructed using the PHP language. In order to prevent abuse of web servers, PHP scripts that are run on a WordPress site has a maximum time limit. The value of this time limit depends on the hosting service provider and sometimes can be set to a low value which can result in site owners facing the Fatal error.
How to prevent it?
There is a plugin for WordPress called WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded which can help WordPress site owners to increase the execution time in order to prevent the Fatal Error from displaying. The maximum execution time can be set up to 300 seconds using this plugin.
How to prevent WordPress Admin Username and Password Error?
The cause of being locked out of the WordPress admin panel is mostly because of a password error.
In most cases, you might have changed the password recently and have forgotten about it, or there could be some random password issues on your WordPress site that might be causing the error.
How to fix it?
If you can’t access the WordPress admin panel, it means that you are no longer able to access any content of your site.
To resolve this issue, follow the below steps:
- Login to your hosting cPanel.
- Click on the “PHPMyAdmin” option.
- Click on the database that represents your site data.
- Find the table with the name “wp_users” within the database.
- Within the “user_login” column, find your username and click on the “Edit” option.
- In the new window, find the “user_pass” field and replace whatever is in the value field next to it with your desired password.
- Now, next to the “user_pass” field, click on the corresponding drop-down menu featured under the “Function” section and choose the “MD5” option from the drop-down menu.
- Save the changes.
Now, head back to the Admin login page of your WordPress site and try logging in using the new password. The error should now be resolved and you should be able to login to your WordPress Admin dashboard again.
In this article we have mentioned some of the easy to fix yet irritating errors that most of the WordPress site owners face.
We hope that this article was informative to you and in case you have any specific WordPress error that needs a workaround, please do leave a comment below and we are always happy to help you out.
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