To make you more
aware of what to do
when things seem to
go wrong with
Always Backup Your Site
Before upgrading plugins or themes, backup
Schedule backups regularly.
Areas of Possible Troubleshooting WordPress
Basic Steps to Troubleshooting WordPress
❏ Disable All Plugins
❏ Disable your theme and revert to Default Theme
(example: Twenty Fifteen)
❏ Check the site
❏ Enable your plugins one by one to find the issue
❏ Enable your theme
So… now that you know basics
Let’s go over some
problems that may pop
Common WordPress Problems
❏ White Screen of Death
❏ Syntax Error
❏ Out of Memory
❏ 500 Internal Server Error
❏ Missing Sidebar
❏ Stubborn Maintenance Mode
❏ Error Establishing Database Connection
White Screen of Death
❏ Memory exceeded on PHP
❏ Error with a plugin (in some cases, you may get an actual error
output message, and this would be different from the white
screen of death)
❏ Failed installation or upgrade in /wp-admin folder
❏ Error with caching in the case you run a cache plugin
Usually means there’s either something extra,
something missing, or just something wrong
with your HTML, or even PHP.
Out of Memory
You either ran through your database resources quickly or
you didn’t have much to work with.
Try increasing the memory by placing the following in your
500 Internal Server Error
❏ Could come up from a code error in a plugin
❏ Could be the web host, and not always a
WordPress related issue
Odd enough, a lot of people who dabble in
code, forget to close their HTML tags when in
the text editor while creating a post or page.
Stubborn Site Maintenance
Sometimes after upgrading a plugin or theme,
the temporary maintenance gets stuck.
Remove the .maintenance file from the root of
your WordPress install via FTP or your web
host’s File Manager.
Error Establishing Database Connection
Could be a crashed PHP table. Have your web
host reset it. Go in an repair and optimize it.
Don’t want to fool around with code. No problem!
Not savvy enough to troubleshoot?
Don’t give up!
Hire someone to do it for you. There are plenty
of people out there that can help solve your
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