How to fix common WordPress hosting issues

Vladimir Popescu
by Vladimir Popescu
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  • All the websites indexed on the Internet are hosted on dedicated servers. And WordPress is perhaps the most popular blogging platform in the world.
  • Hosting services are crucial for your website's success. A series of important ranking factors such as page speed and security are in close connection to your hosting services.
  • Fixing hosting-related issues is not that obvious but in this guide, we'll show you how you can troubleshoot some of the most common WordPress hosting problems.
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If you asked yourself How to fix the most common WordPress hosting issues, you are in luck today. In today’s how-to article we will explore exactly that.

Even though using WordPress is very intuitive, from time to time, you will encounter different errors that can make you feel that you didn’t understand how to use it properly.

The developer teams that deal with WordPress and quick to take notice and fix any issues you might encounter, so you shouldn’t worry too much.

In this article we will discuss the solutions to some of the most common issues found in WordPress. Please read on to find out more about this subject.


How to fix common WordPress errors?

1. The White Screen of Death error

The WSOD error can be caused both by a database, and also a PHP error. Follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Administration Screens.
  2. Deactivate each of the plugins and reactivate them one by one to see which of them is faulty.
  3. Use an FTP client like FileZilla -> locate the wp-content/plugins folder.
  4. Rename the folder to plugins_old.

Note: You can find more details about deactivating plugins on this Troubleshooting page.

Sometimes these issues can be caused by your web browser, so in order to troubleshoot this issue, it’s advised to switch to a different browser.

You can use any browser for this task, but if you’re looking for a secure and reliable browser, be sure to try UR Browser.

This browser won’t send your data to Google, and with built-in privacy and phishing protection, it’s one of the safest browsers on the market, so be sure to try it out.


UR Browser is a great alternative to Chrome, but if you want to know more, check out our in-depth review!


2. Error Establishing Database Connection

Seeing this error means that there is an issue with your site‘s connection to the database. Follow these steps to fix it:

  1. Open your FTP client -> open up wp-config.php.
  2. Check to see if the following information is correct – Database name, username, password, and host.
  3. In case you’re not sure if the data is correct -> try resetting your MySQL password manually.
  4. This issue can also be caused by your database meeting its quota, or if the server is down. To check for this you will need to contact your hosting provider.
  5. If your database has the correct information and is not shut down, the issue might be caused by your site being compromised -> scan your site with Sucuri SiteCheck -> if the results are bad -> have a look at this FAQ.

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3. Failed Auto-Upgrade

If your WordPress auto-upgrade features have failed, you might see a blank white screen, a warning telling you the update failed or a PHP error message.

This error happens because of a glitch in the server connection with the main WordPress files, a problem with your internet connection during an upgrade, or having incorrect File Permissions.

See how to manually update your WordPress site.


4. Maintenance Mode after Upgrade

As WordPress updates, it will install a .maintenance file. If the file is not removed after the process is completed, this error will show up.

Follow these steps:

  1. Log into your website by using an FTP program like FileZilla.
  2. Delete the .maintenance file from your website root folder.

Note: Visit this webpage for more information about this issue.


Conclusion

We hope this How-to article offered you useful information about some of the most common WordPress hosting issues.

Please feel free to let us know if it did by using the comment section below.

FAQ: Learn more about WordPress hosting

  • Does WordPress provide hosting?

WordPress provides its own hosting services optimized to enhance the platform’s performance and security. There are four hosting plans available from WordPress: Personal, Premium, Business and eCommerce.

  • What’s the difference between web hosting and WordPress hosting?

The only main difference between web hosting and WordPress hosting is the company providing you with the hosting services. WordPress hosting means that hosting services are offered by WordPress. Web hosting means that the hosting services are provided by third-parties such as BlueHost, WPEngine, InMotion, GoDaddy, and more.

  • How much does it cost to host a WordPress website?

The average cost for hosting a WordPress website is $4 per month for the cheapest plans. If you want to use additional features and options, the hosting costs rise to $10 or $15 per month.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2019 and has since been updated for freshness and accuracy.