Little things, a missing bracket here, an extra space there, or an unfriendly plugin, can create great big PITA wordpress errors.
I’ve had lots of repair requests in the past year since offering the service. Some errors are so common I tell clients, don’t pay me, just do this.
Today I’ll share those common wordpress errors and their free easy peasy fixes with you.
1. You installed a plugin and your site has disappeared. You can’t even load the dashboard.
The fix: Call your hosting company and ask them to delete the (plugin name) folder from within your wp-contents/plugins folder.
2. You published a post and your sidebar shifted to below the post area. This can be caused by adding media elements (video, picture) to the post that are too big for the post area or adding coding (affiliate link, banner link, any kind of coding) and leaving out a bracket or a quotation mark or adding in an extra space.
The fix: downsize the media element. For coding issues, run your post url through http://validator.w3.org/ and you’ll get a list of errors found on your post page. From there you’ll be able to pinpoint why the coding is incorrect.
3. You’ve hit publish and try to share your post on Facebook. But there’s no picture or post description. You definitely have a featured image chosen and Facebook should be able to pull the first X amount of characters from your post. What to do, what to do?
The fix: visit here: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug and stick your post url into the text field and click Debug. Facebook will recrawl your page and grab the photo.
4. Your Google Analytics plugin doesn’t seem to be working. You’ve checked your stats and there’s no info for the past few days. Or maybe you’re not using the plugin, you’ve added the code to your blog via coding in your head script or your theme has a built in area to add your Google Analytics tracking code.
The fix: it may not be your blog at all. Visit Google Analytics and verify that the tracking code listed matches the one you have inserted into your blog. Believe it or not, I’ve had a handful of clients and bloggy friends find that their tracking code (the one that starts with UA) has changed.
5. You’re trying to upload media to your blog and you’re receiving the error: “(media file name) exceeds the maximum upload size for this site.”
The fix: A) Call your host and ask them to increase you max upload size in your php.ini file to accommodate you’re media file’s size.
B) If you’re on Bluehost, Hostgator, Stable Host, Westhost or any hosting company that using the standard cpanel, then you can do this:
1. Click the File Manager Icon.
2. From the pop-up window choose: Home Directory and check the box that says
3. Search for a file named php.ini. Click the file to highlight it and click the Edit icon from your menu at the top of the page.
4. Find this line of text: post_max_size = you may find it says post_max_size =16. Change the 16 to 32 or 64, whatever will accommodate the size of the file you’re uploading. I know it sounds weird that someone would want to add something to their post that’s bigger than a few megs, adds to load time, but I’ve had this request 6 times in the past year. Hey, whatever rocks your boat baby.
5. Find this line of text: upload_max_filesize = and match the number you used in the above example.
6. Save the file.
7. Refresh your site and your browser. Clear your cache if need be. Or wait until tomorrow to try and upload your media. Why? Depending on your host, the change may not take effect right away. When I was on Godaddy, how many moons ago, I had to wait until the next day for the change to take effect because I had to wait for Godaddy to refresh their servers, which they did nightly back then.
See? Easy Peasy. Next week we’re talking about how to fix your speed and I’m giving away prizes for your blog, not you, your blog. 😀 If you’re not a subscriber, you’ll want to sign up today so you don’t miss out.
photocredit: By markmiller