10 WordPress Small Problems and How to Fix Them

WordPress is an incredibly powerful platform, but even the best tools have their quirks. Here are ten common small problems WordPress users encounter and simple solutions to fix them.
10 WordPress Small Problems and How to Fix Them

1. White Screen of Death (WSOD)

Problem:

When you visit your WordPress site, all you see is a blank white screen.

Solution:

  • Increase Memory Limit: Add define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '64M'); to your wp-config.php file.
  • Disable Plugins: Rename the plugins folder to something like plugins_old to disable all plugins.
  • Switch to Default Theme: Rename your active theme’s folder, forcing WordPress to revert to a default theme.

2. 500 Internal Server Error

Problem:

You get a 500 internal server error when accessing your site.

Solution:

  • Check .htaccess File: Rename your .htaccess file and try reloading your site. If it works, generate a new .htaccess file by saving your permalink settings.
  • Increase PHP Memory Limit: Add define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '64M'); to your wp-config.php file.
  • Reinstall Core Files: Replace the wp-admin and wp-includes folders with fresh copies from a new WordPress installation.

3. 404 Error on Posts

Problem:

Your site’s pages load fine, but individual posts return a 404 error.

Solution:

  • Regenerate Permalinks: Go to Settings > Permalinks and click “Save Changes” to regenerate your .htaccess file

4. Sidebar Below Content

Problem:

The sidebar appears below the content instead of next to it.

Solution:

  • Check HTML Structure: Ensure all HTML tags are properly closed. An unclosed div can disrupt the layout.
  • CSS Issues: Check your theme’s CSS file for any float or width issues that might be affecting the sidebar.

5. Locked Out of Admin Panel

Problem:

You’re unable to access the WordPress admin panel.

Solution:

  • Reset Password via Email: Click on the “Lost your password?” link on the login page.
  • Edit Functions.php: Temporarily add a new admin user via the functions.php file of your theme.
				
					function admin_account(){
    $user = 'username';
    $pass = 'password';
    $email = 'email@example.com';
    if ( !username_exists( $user )  && !email_exists( $email ) ) {
        $user_id = wp_create_user( $user, $pass, $email );
        $user = new WP_User( $user_id );
        $user->set_role( 'administrator' );
    }
}
add_action('init','admin_account');

				
			

6. Image Upload Issues

Problem:

Images won’t upload, or you receive an error message.

Solution:

  • File Permissions: Ensure the wp-content/uploads directory has appropriate permissions (usually 755 or 775).
  • Increase PHP Memory: Add define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '64M'); to your wp-config.php file.

7. WordPress Stuck in Maintenance Mode

Problem:

Your site is stuck in maintenance mode after an update.

Solution:

  • Delete .maintenance File: Connect to your site via FTP and delete the .maintenance file in the root directory.

8. Connection Timed Out

Problem:

Your site shows a connection timed out error.

Solution:

  • Increase Memory Limit: Add define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '64M'); to your wp-config.php file.
  • Deactivate Plugins: Disable plugins one by one to find the culprit.
  • Switch to Default Theme: Temporarily switch to a default WordPress theme to see if your theme is the issue.

9. Login Page Refreshing/Redirecting

Problem:

You’re unable to log in; the login page keeps refreshing.

Solution:

  • Check wp-config.php: Ensure your database name, username, password, and host are correct.
  • Repair Database: Add define('WP_ALLOW_REPAIR', true); to your wp-config.php file and visit http://yoursite.com/wp-admin/maint/repair.php.
By understanding these common issues and their fixes, you can keep your WordPress site running smoothly. Regular maintenance and updates are crucial to prevent many of these problems from occurring in the first place. Happy blogging!

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