Unexpected website issues are the worst. WordPress, thankfully, is a well-oiled machine that rarely gives out random problems. When an issue does arise, though, it might be irritating if you aren’t equipped to deal with it. At first look, WordPress’s plethora of mistakes might be disheartening, but in reality, the vast majority of them are caused by easily fixable faults. You can do some initial troubleshooting on your own if you know where the issue is coming from. This post will guide you through identifying and fixing the most typical WordPress issues.
Start with the simple case. The ‘parse error’ (or’syntax error’) is more useful than many of the other mistakes we’ll be looking at since it tells you precisely what’s wrong.
When there’s a problem with your site’s code, usually in the functions.php file, you’ll get this error message. An error notice will show up instead of your page, detailing the nature of the problem and the URL where it was encountered.
In order to resolve the issue, you will need to use SFTP to gain access to the required file. Since FileZilla is open-source and free, we’ll be utilising it. Your web host will have given you SFTP login details to have access to the administrative area of your site.
The next step is to locate the required document. The preceding image serves as an illustration that the functions.php file for the site’s active theme is where the trouble lies. To do so, open the theme’s folder, then right-click on functions.php and select View/Edit. A well-built website like PrimApp might also encounter such an issue and therefore, this solution can be easily implemented.
The size of the requested entity is too large (413).
If your browser displays this message, the server at the destination website you tried to reach is unable to handle the size of your HTTP request.
When trying to upload a very “heavy” file, you may encounter this problem. Improving the size of your maximum HTTP request will fix this issue.
White Screen of Death (WSoD)
The White Screen of Death is one of the most notable and mysterious WordPress issues (WSoD). When this happens, your entire site turns white and blank, without any kind of error notice or other help options.
Your site may have failed to load correctly for a number of reasons, and this is the most common one. As such, it can be fixed in several ways.
- Put simply, turn off the add-ons. If you want to rule out a defective plugin as the source of the WSoD, try turning off all plugins one by one.
- Turn off the theme. Another possible source of the problem is the theme you’re using; switching to the default theme for WordPress may be done using SFTP.
- WordPress debugging should be turned on. The ability to view faults on each page is a helpful addition that can lead to the identification of the source of the WSoD.
- Do a cache purge. To conclude, even after the WSoD has been resolved, you may still display outdated files due to your site’s caching solution. Therefore, you should try clearing your cache to see if it helps.
Error Due To WordPress Memory Limit
A fixed amount of server RAM is set aside for your website by your hosting provider. If you try to install a new plugin or theme, or upload a large number of media assets, you may run into problems if your server’s RAM is already at capacity.
When you try to add a new resource, you’ll get a notice saying “fatal error: permitted memory capacity has been exhausted” instead. In such a case, opening up more RAM for PHP in the wp-config.php file may help.
You might also examine your current disc use, increase your PHP memory limit, and look into moving to a new hosting plan that provides more room for your expanding WordPress site. Many up to date websites like TipTop do this on a regular basis to ensure the website keeps running smoothly.
Connected TimeOut Error
After a website has attempted (and failed) to load for a while, you may encounter this error. If you see this, it means the server is having trouble loading the page and has given up.
There are several possible causes for this, but the most prevalent is that your site lacks the necessary resources to operate normally. If you’re utilising shared hosting, for instance, it’s possible that another site is abusing the server’s resources. Alternatively, it’s possible that you’ve hit a bandwidth cap on your site.
If this problem keeps popping up, it’s probably time to upgrade your hosting package. Your site won’t experience any slowdowns or outages if you upgrade to a higher-tier plan since it will have more server resources and won’t be impacted by the increased demand of other sites.
If your site is putting a lot of stress on the server, you may also get the “connection timed out” warning. As a result, you should make sure your site is optimised for speed, get rid of any plugins that use too many resources, and examine your theme to see if it is slowing things down. Increasing the PHP memory limit is recommended once more.
In conclusion, WordPress problems are quite infrequent, but when they do arise, they may be extremely irritating. Although it may not seem like it at first, addressing the vast majority of difficulties you have will actually be rather simple.