WordPress is arguably the most popular content management system at present. It offers a range of features and functions that make website creation and content management fast and easy. However, it’s far from perfect. It has its share of problems and issues. If you intend to run a WordPress website, you need to be prepared for the problems you may eventually encounter.
This post, by the way, is not going to go deep into the common technical problems such as Error 500, the White Screen of Death (WSOD), the Warning: File_Get_Contents error, and Maintenance Mode Error. The focus here is on general problems WordPress site owners tend to encounter.
1. Erratic Site Performance Due to Poor Web Host Choice
WordPress makes it possible to create excellent websites with great responsiveness and page loading speed. However, all these can be easily made impossible by choosing the wrong web host. An unreliable web host with inconsistent service quality can result in an erratically behaving website that will surely irritate and discourage visitors.
You may have encountered companies that offer specialized or managed WordPress hosting plans. Be reminded that not all of them truly offer WordPress-optimized hosting solutions. There are many that market their hosting services as managed WordPress hosting packages even though what they are offering is actually not that different from generic web hosting deals. They may even have an outdated version of WordPress. Several issues arise especially due to outdated software and incompatibility problems.
Obviously, you need to make sure that you are choosing the right hosting service. You have to pick a web host based on your needs and take into account the need for flexibility, scalability, reliability, security, experience, and customer support. Make sure that your web host thoroughly understands all the requirements for a well-optimized WordPress website or blog.
2. ‘Connection Timed Out’ Error
This is in relation to the first problem. Connection timeout errors are mainly caused by overloaded servers or sometimes, improperly configured servers. This is commonly experienced by those who subscribe to shared hosting plans whose servers have limited RAM (and with restricted memory limit). This problem can be solved by switching to the default WordPress theme, deactivating plugins, increasing the memory limit in wp-config.php, and increasing the maximum execution time in the php.ini file. The latter two solutions may entail the need to contact your web hosting service provider to ask them to raise the memory limit for you.
3. Auto Upgrade Failure
Another issue encountered with WordPress sites is failed auto-upgrades. This is characterized by a blank white screen (no text is shown), a PHP error message, and a warning about the update failure. This is usually caused by a connection glitch with the main WordPress files. An internet connection problem may have occurred in the process of doing the upgrade that files get corrupted or incorrect file permissions emerge. To address this problem, you may need to manually update your WordPress site. Here’s a detailed guide for upgrading WordPress, in case you are not familiar with the process.
4. Plugin-Related Issues
WordPress comes with a wide variety of plugins that add numerous functionality and conveniences. For the most part, these plugins are advantageous. However, it’s not impossible to get obsessed with these plugins. There are those who overdo and carelessly use of plugins on their sites. While doing this, issues may be encountered. The plugins installed could be causing incompatibility issues. They may end up creating errors or erratic behaviour on your site. For example, the issue of sliders not sliding and tabs not tabbing may happen. This can be due to plugin conflicts. There may also be times when plugins slow down your WordPress site.
Avoid problems associated with plugins by limiting plugin installations to only those that are trusted and verified. Only use plugins from reputable developers, especially those that have already been reviewed by several other users. Additionally, if you are removing or deactivating plugins from your WordPress website, make sure that you also remove their codes to avoid potential issues.
5. Maintenance Mode
There are times when WordPress sites display the following error: “Briefly unavailable scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.” Many newbie WordPress site owners tend to ignore this problem as they think it’s simply a maintenance routine so it should resolve on its own. However, they realize the error lingers and it’s already affecting their websites. This maintenance error usually happens after an upgrade. The reason for this is the automatic installation of a .maintenance file by WordPress. To address this, you have to remove the installed maintenance file. Simply log into your website through your FTP program and delete the file with the name “.maintenance” in the root directory.
6. Changes Not Reflected
There are times when you introduce changes to your WordPress website but you couldn’t see these changes reflected. This is not an uncommon issue and the solution is actually very simple. You may just have to clear your browser cache. Your browser continuously stores data from the websites you open with it, so it can load pages faster later on. However, the accumulation of these site data can eventually create issues with the browser. That’s why you have to delete these data from your cache.
Sometimes, simply closing your browser and opening it again suffices as a solution. If this does not work, though, you really have to completely clear your browser cache. There are times when the browser “thinks” that the changes you made are insignificant in relation to the data it has collected so you really have to completely delete your browser cache.
WordPress is without a doubt an excellent website creation and content management platform. Its popularity should be enough proof for this. However, issues and problems are not completely avoidable. That’s why you just have to be prepared for them.
In most cases, the solutions to these problems don’t really require major technical expertise. You just have to understand how things work and use some guides or tutorials to implement the necessary solutions.