Undoubtedly, WordPress is among the most powerful content management and website creation platforms the Internet has ever seen.
Being an open-code system, WordPress sometimes encounters common bugs and glitches. Here are some of the most common issues that WordPress users have reported.
Common WordPress Issues and How to Fix Them
Undelivered WordPress Emails
This is the most common issue WordPress users have reported. First, you should check whether your hosting server has the proper configuration to use the PHP mail() function.
My Emails Land into the Spam Folder
Even with this function in place, many WordPress emails end in the recipient’s junk mail folder because the spam recognition tools are becoming more and more sophisticated.
The easiest way to have your WordPress emails delivered every time is to use Simple Mail Transfer Protocol instead of the mail function.
Continuous Website Maintenance
Your website automatically goes into maintenance mode when you update plug-ins or themes. If there is a power cut during this time, your WordPress website may get stuck in maintenance mode and become unavailable to visitors.
Usually, you will have to find the root folder and delete the .maintenance file. Alternatively, you’ll have to identify the problematic theme or plug-in that causes your site to freeze in maintenance mode and disable or reinstall it.
The oEmbed function Isn’t Working
This is because Facebook recently introduced changes to its API policy. WordPress users wishing to retrieve data from Facebook’s Graph API must register a particular app and use an identity verification token.
Use Smash Balloon’s social media feed plug-ins for Facebook and Instagram instead of the old Oembeds.
My Word Press Site Takes Ages to Load
This happens mainly because your hosting provider cannot cope with the traffic to your WordPress site. Other reasons include the lack of a content delivery network or an outdated PHP.
How to Boost My Site’s Speed?
There are some measures you can take to speed up your WordPress site. First, check if your hosting provider can manage the traffic to your site. If not, try to find a better host.
Use caching plug-ins like WP Rocket to speed up your webpages’ loading times.
Set up a CDN whose servers are often closer to your website’s visitors than the original hosting server.
Use HTTPS, as it is significantly faster than the old HTTP. If you are using PHP 5.6, switch to PHP 7 for a 30% speed boost.
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The White Screen of Death Issue
If you see a white screen without any error alerts on it, don’t panic. Most probably, some WordPress website pages have reached their PHP memory limit.
Report the issue to your hosting provider. If the problem persists, try disabling your themes and plug-ins one by one until you identify the culprit.
Alternatively, you can locate the wp-content/themes and wp-content/plug-ins folders and rename them.
The Exhausted Memory Issue
If you see a “fatal error” notification on your admin screen alerting of an exhausted memory, check if all of your scrips and plug-ins are working as they should.
A faulty script or plug-in may be draining your site’s default memory. One solution is to increase your website’s PHP memory limit to 256 MB.
Find the wp-config.php file in the root folder and use a dedicated code to expand the PHP limit.
Connection Timed Out
The “ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT” message in WordPress signals that your website is trying to process more data than it has a capacity for.
If you need to use resource-hungry plug-ins, forget about shared hosting. VPS is a viable alternative that provides faster page loading times.
No Connection to The Database
If your WordPress site is unable to reach your database, check if the database’s credentials are correct. These include the host, username, and password.
If the details are correct, your database may have broken down. You can check its health status in the wp-admin section. You can fix the issue by typing a particular line of code in the wp-config.php file.
Let’s Wrap Up
Most WordPress issues are easy to fix. You need to know the magical line of code that remedies the unpleasant situation.
You can put the most helpful code lines into a special notebook or file and keep it at hand. Using an appropriate hosting type and plan also eliminates most of the above issues.