How to Troubleshoot WordPress Errors.
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Troubleshooting is a great way to find out what’s wrong with a system and fix it; however, it can be a stressful process if not executed properly. In this article, we’ll be discussing how to troubleshoot WordPress errors and providing you with some examples of common WordPress errors you may encounter.
What is Troubleshooting?
A term used to describe a method of problem-solving. Troubleshooting is often applied to repair failed products or procedures on a machine or in a system. Troubleshooting as a process is used to identify the source of a systematic issue so that it can be resolved in order for the procedure to return to normal.
As the name implies, troubleshooting “shoots” or aims at the “trouble” or problem in the machine or system. It involves two major steps. The first is to identify the causes of the problem. This is usually done through a process of elimination, where the symptoms have to match the problem. This is a process that helps to find the closest options. The second step is to restore the machine or system to its proper working state.
A Small Guide to Troubleshooting WordPress Errors.
If you are experiencing a WordPress error on your website, here’s a guide on troubleshooting these errors independently.
- Site Backup – Although the chances of your website being cleared are minute, it is important to be safe in case of hacking, security threats, or general loss of data. There are several WordPress backup plugins that you can use for free or for a price. A plugin will help you backup your entire site safely. With a plugin, you’ll be able to restore your site quickly.
- In a situation where you’re already locked out of the admin section of your site, you’ll have to perform the backup manually.
- Clear the Browser Cache – If your network connection is a bit slow, your browser might load a page from the cache. To ensure you’re seeing the correct version, you should try clearing your browser cache and your WordPress cache
- Plugin Errors – Sometimes, the issue will arise as a result of plugins clashing due to the conflicting permissions they may have. If you still have access to your WordPress site’s admin page, head over there and deactivate the plugins. We would recommend deactivating the plugins one after the other so you could identify the plugin causing the error.
- Select a Default WordPress Website Theme – Your selected theme could also be the cause of errors. Select a default WordPress theme and see if the error is solved.
- URL Error – Your WordPress URL is your sites’ address. If the URL in your WordPress address and your site address are not the same, this will cause loading issues. You can easily fix this error on your admin page under the settings category.
- Search Engine Visibility – If you’re handling a new site, there is a chance your search engine visibility is off, which means your website won’t come up when it is searched. You can turn it off in Settings under the Reading category.
- Scan for Malicious Code – Malware makes its way around the internet; therefore, it is important to keep up the security firewall of your website. You can scan your WordPress site with website security services and see if the error still prevails.
- WordPress Support – After trying these methods, if your Website is still not accessible, send a message to WordPress support. You can introduce yourself and carefully outline the issue with your WordPress website. Be concise with your details, so they find it easier to assist you. You can also include images of the site for more clarity.