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6 common WordPress errors and solutions (part 1)

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I have to confess that I love WordPress, I’m a WordPress addict. However, although how big my love for it is,  sometime, it still drive me crazy. I believe that any WordPress users can understand my case. Just thinking about when you use WordPress and install tons of themes and plugins, that problems come is inevitable and we usually feel really annoyed when we cannot find any solutions for those problems. They may be caused by server issue or unknown PHP error from the database. Sometimes, you will feel that WordPress is no longer fun as the first time.

Fortunately, you don’t need to worry because WordPress community is actually huge and some people also met your problems and they had found the solutions for them. So, in this article, from the study over WordPress community, I will give you some of the most common problems along with  their solutions.

1. 500 Internal Server Error

WordPress errors

This is the most common WordPress problems for both long-year users and fresher. It can be called the most annoying problem with beginners because it does not tell you what to fix.


Biggest cause is a corrupted .htaccess file. Other causes involve corrupted WordPress installation, conflicting theme or plugin or even exhausted PHP memory limit.

Firstly, checking your site’s error_log to identify exactly where it belongs to. But, in some case, you have no rights of full error logging, you can change the code in your wp-config.php file as follow:

define(‘WP_DEBUG’, false); to define(‘WP_DEBUG’, true);


Because the main reason leading to this error is .htaccess file, so let’s solve it first. Locating .htaccess file in root directory, then renaming it. After that, open your site to check whether it still exists or not. If it is solved, you just need to create a fresh copy of the .htaccess file.

In case, the error is still in your site, deactivate your themes and plugins or increase your PHP Memory Limit

2. Lost Admin Email and Password Retrieval is not working

WordPress errors

Have you ever been in the case you are unable to login to your website dashboard? Generally, you usually try the feature “Lost your password?” to create a new password but it failed. Even you try several times but it seems that it does not work. This is the error when WordPress locks your website dashboard.


With many WordPress users, the reason is still a mystery. In some cases, it may be caused by a code or plugin inappropriately trying to change the admin section or your website is hacked and hacker changes all the login details.

Although there are no particular reasons for this problem, we have solutions. There are two methods for you to fix: FTP and phpMyAdmin



Step 1: Login to FTP and go to /wp-content/themes/(youractivetheme), open  functions.php file.

Step 2: Add wp_set_password(‘YourNewPassword’,1); in the file right after <?php

Change password and save

Step 3: Upload the file to FTP

Via PhpMyAdmin

Step1 : Login cpanel and open PhpMyAdmin, then choose website database.

Step2: Click on table wp_users and find username.

Step3: click edit, you can change password in this step. All passwords in WordPress are secured with encryption so make sure that they are converted into MD5 encryption.

Step4: Click GO

To be continued…

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