Last Updated on August 15, 2016
It’s a known fact that WordPress is a phenomenal platform for establishing a great website or a blog. WordPress is popular because it’s user friendly and there is no technical knowledge required for using it. When it comes to planning a website and launching it, usually people prefer the wordpress hosting platform as it simplifies the website creation and maintenance process. However, at times the WordPress users encounter some issues or errors while working with WordPress.
Techniques for dealing with the common WordPress problems:
Dealing With The Plugin Issues
At times, some plugins might interfere with each other; this might create interference in the loading of your website. A very simple way to tackle this is to disable all the WordPress plugins. You can enable each plugin one by one and you can keep testing your website simultaneously so that you can identify the exact plugin that is causing the problem. The plugin issues might prevent you from logging in and accessing your dashboard, however this is a rare case scenario.
When you get to your dashboard, you can navigate to the plugins page and continue to disable and enable the plugins as mentioned above. In case you do not get the access to the WordPress dashboard, you can utilize the FTP client access in order to rename the plugins folder; this will disable all the present plugins.
Issues Related To The Theme
Some WordPress themes consist of custom functions that might lead to errors at times. In order to determine a theme based error, all you have to do is set your theme to the default one. The default theme can be activated through the dashboard. If you can accesses or work with your website or blog perfectly after reverting the theme, then you will know that there was some issue with the theme.
You can use FTP in case you don’t have the WordPress dashboard access. Through FTP, go to the – ‘themes’ folder and change the name of the current theme. As a result of this, WordPress will revert to the default theme automatically.
Issue With Modifying The Header Information
If you come across the error – ‘Cannot modify header information – headers already sent’. This error message signifies that there is an issue with the stray characters. You might not be able to spot these characters at the opening tag or the closing tag. Check the error message properly for detecting the name of the file that is generating the warning.
The file name will be mentioned at the end of the error message. You have got two choices from here. The easy way out – In case you haven’t made any prominent modifications lately, then the file containing the error message can be replaced by the backup copy.
The second option – In case you don’t have a working backup copy, you will have to download the file that is causing the issue. Once the file is downloaded, open it in a Windows notepad. This is the best option as the Windows Notepad does not create any unknown characters. Do not opt for a Word Processing Program like Microsoft Word, as it might add hidden formatting characters in the file. Ensure that the first character is <? and the last character is ?> in the file. See if there are any hidden characters present at the end of the file. For instance, you might come across unwanted spaces, in this case move the cursor to the end of the file and delete the additional spaces.
Changes That Are Not Saved
There is an easy fix to this problem. The web browser contains the copies of the cached web pages. The web pages might also be stored in the memory of your computer. As a result of frequent visits to those web pages, the page is loaded from the cache of the web browser, this page might not show the latest changes as it is an old copy. You can follow this process in order to load the web page from the server through the web browser – Open Firefox, hold CTRL and SHIFT and then press the R key. In the Internet Explorer, hold the SHIFT key and click on the refresh button. These key shortcuts might differ in accordance to the setup of your browser.
Deleting The Old Posts / Pages
Most of the WordPress users come across this issue. It has been a difficult task to narrow down on the causes of this issue because of its sporadic nature. Apparently, it seems like certain plugins affect the functioning of the deletion option. In order to deal with this issue – First perform the required deletions and then activate all the plugins.
404 File Not Found Error
When you come across this one, you will see a complete path to the missing file. The path can be tracked through FTP and then you can check if the file exists. Remember, in case you are working on a Linux server, the file names are case sensitive. For instance, Test.php is not the same as test.php; so you will have to be careful with the file names. The 404 errors usually occur as a result of the permalinks, the coding in the indexes or due to similar kind of files.
Memory Exhausted Errors
This error depicts that enough memory is not allocated for PHP in order to execute the desired actions. In order to fix this issue, adjust the memory allocation in the php.ini file. You will find the php.ini file in the default folder where WordPress is installed. In case you don’t find the file there, you will surely find it in the public_html folder. Once you find the file, copy it to the same location where WordPress is installed. Once the file is in the right place, open it in an editor. This can be done in FileManager in cPanel. Also, if you’re having speed issues you should learn more on how to speed up your WordPress website.
Note : You may have to keep adjusting the memory limit in order to determine the exact amount of memory that has to be allocated. In case 16M does not work, you might opt for 32M.
WordPress is a great blogging and website management platform. If you are aware of these quick fixes, your work will be simplified and achieving higher perfection will be possible!