What are some common WordPress issues and how can they be troubleshooted?

Despite being one of the most user-friendly content management systems, WordPress is not without its quirks. Here at Ribbon Gang, we’ve helped many businesses overcome these issues and are ready to guide you through the process.

1. The White Screen of Death:

This can happen when a script exhausts the memory limit. To troubleshoot, you can increase the PHP memory limit by editing your wp-config.php file or disable your plugins to see if one of them is causing the issue.

2. Internal Server Error:

This is usually caused by a corrupted .htaccess file or a plugin conflict. Try renaming your .htaccess file to .htaccess_old and if this doesn’t fix the issue, deactivate your plugins one by one to identify the problematic one.

3. Error Establishing Database Connection:

This means WordPress can’t connect to your database. Check your wp-config.php file to ensure the database details are correct. If they are and the problem persists, contact your hosting provider.

4. Changes Not Visible on Site:

This may be due to a caching issue. Try clearing your WordPress cache and browser cache. If the issue still persists, it could be a plugin conflict.

5. Login Page Refreshing/Redirecting Issue:

This could be caused by incorrect values for the site url and home url fields in the settings. You can correct these in the wp-options table in the database.

6. Image Upload Issue:

If you’re having trouble uploading images, it could be due to incorrect file permissions. You can correct this via an FTP client, or ask your hosting provider for assistance.

7. 404 Errors After Changing Permalinks:

This is usually due to an issue with the .htaccess file. To fix this, go to Settings > Permalinks and simply click “Save Changes” to flush the permalinks.

Remember, if you’re unsure or uncomfortable troubleshooting these issues, Ribbon Gang’s support team is always ready to assist. Submit a ticket via our support/ticketing form and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Next up, we’ll discuss why it’s important to keep your WordPress site updated and how to manage these updates effectively. Stay tuned!

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