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How to resolve WordPress critical errors

Resolving critical errors in WordPress can be a bit tricky, as they can have various causes. Here are some steps you can take to troubleshoot and resolve critical errors in WordPress:

Enable Debugging

 To get more detailed error messages, you can enable debugging in WordPress. Open your wp-config.php file and look for the line that says define(‘WP_DEBUG’, false);. Change it to define(‘WP_DEBUG’, true);. This will display any error messages on your website, helping you identify the cause of the critical error.

Identify the Error Message

When you encounter a critical error, take note of the error message that appears on your website or in the error logs. The error message can provide valuable information about the underlying issue.

Deactivate Plugins

Plugins are a common cause of critical errors in WordPress. If you recently installed or updated a plugin, try deactivating it to see if it resolves the issue. You can do this by accessing your WordPress admin dashboard, navigating to the “Plugins” section, and deactivating plugins one by one until you identify the problematic one.

Switch to a Default Theme

 Sometimes, issues with the active theme can cause critical errors. Temporarily switch to a default WordPress theme (e.g., Twenty Twenty-One) to see if the error persists. If the error is resolved, it indicates a problem with your theme, and you may need to update or troubleshoot it.

Check File Permissions

Ensure that the file permissions on your WordPress files and directories are set correctly. Improper file permissions can lead to critical errors. Generally, directories should have a permission of 755, and files should have a permission of 644.

Review Recent Changes

If you made any recent changes to your WordPress installation, such as modifying the code or configuration files, undo those changes to see if the error is resolved.

Contact Hosting Provider

If you’re still experiencing critical errors, it’s possible that the issue is related to your hosting environment. Contact your hosting provider’s support team and provide them with the error details. They may be able to assist you in identifying and resolving the problem.

If you’re unable to resolve the critical error on your own, you may consider seeking assistance from a WordPress developer or a knowledgeable community forum where you can provide specific details about the error for further guidance.

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