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Updated date Mar 08, 2024
This article provides practical tips and strategies for troubleshooting common WordPress errors and glitches. It covers fundamental troubleshooting principles, understanding error messages, addressing specific issues like the White Screen of Death and 404 errors, and offers preventative measures.


WordPress, while incredibly powerful, can sometimes throw a wrench in your plans with unexpected errors or glitches.  Don't let website woes get you down! With a bit of troubleshooting know-how, you can diagnose and fix many common WordPress problems yourself.

Whether you're a seasoned WordPress veteran or just starting out, having a basic understanding of troubleshooting will empower you to keep your website running smoothly.  For WordPress users seeking superior performance and advanced design tools, a solution like Elementor website builder and Elementor Hosting can streamline many of these processes and even help prevent issues from happening in the first place.

General Troubleshooting Fundamentals

Let's start with the essentials of troubleshooting that apply to any WordPress website.

The Troubleshooting Mindset

Before diving in, cultivate a methodical approach. Troubleshooting often requires patience and a willingness to experiment with solutions. Most importantly, always create a backup of your website before making significant changes. This allows you to restore to a working state if needed.

Before You Start: Essential Tools

  • WordPress Site Health: WordPress includes a built-in Site Health tool that can pinpoint potential issues (go to Tools > Site Health).
  • Browser Developer Tools: Access these in most web browsers (usually by pressing F12) to inspect elements, view errors, and debug problems.
  • WP_DEBUG Mode: Enable this in your WordPress configuration (wp-config.php file) for more detailed error messages, aiding in troubleshooting.

Understanding Error Messages

Don't be intimidated by error messages! While they might seem cryptic at first glance, they often contain valuable clues. Look for specific keywords or error codes that can help you narrow down the potential cause. Googling the error message along with "WordPress" is often a great first step in identifying the culprit.

Most Common WordPress Errors 

White Screen of Death (WSOD)

The dreaded WSOD can be one of the most frustrating WordPress errors.  Your website suddenly vanishes, replaced by a blank white screen. Here's how to tackle it:

  • Check for Plugin Conflicts: Plugins are a frequent culprit. Deactivate plugins one by one (through your WordPress dashboard if possible, or via FTP) and see if the error disappears. This helps isolate problematic plugins. If using Elementor, ensure all other plugins are compatible for a smoother experience.
  • Troubleshoot Your Theme: Try temporarily switching to a default WordPress theme to see if your active theme is causing the issue. If so, reach out to the theme developer for support or search for alternative themes.
  • Increase Your Memory Limit: If your website hits its PHP memory limit, it can trigger the WSOD. You can increase the limit by editing your wp-config.php file (add define( 'WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '256M' );). Hosting platforms like Elementor Hosting often have higher default limits and tools to easily manage these settings, minimizing the chance of this issue occurring.

Error Establishing a Database Connection

This error means your website can't communicate with its database, where most of your content is stored.  Here are the steps to troubleshoot:

  • Verify Your Credentials: Double-check your database name, username, password, and host in your wp-config.php file. Any typos can cause this error.
  • Database Repair: If your database is corrupted, WordPress has a built-in repair mode. Add define( 'WP_ALLOW_REPAIR', true ); to your wp-config.php and access the repair utility.
  • Contact Your Host: If the issue is server-side, your hosting provider can help. Elementor Hosting's support team can quickly diagnose and address database-related issues.

Internal Server Error 

This generic error indicates a server-side problem, but not the specific cause. Here's where to start:

  • Check Your .htaccess File: A corrupt .htaccess file can be the culprit. Temporarily rename it via FTP. If that fixes the error, regenerate a fresh .htaccess file from your WordPress dashboard (Settings > Permalinks).
  • Plugin (or Theme) Conflicts: The same troubleshooting process as in the WSOD section applies here.
  • Check Server Logs: Your hosting provider often has error logs. Elementor Hosting makes this easily accessible, providing insights that might not be visible on the front end.

404 Errors

A 404 error means the requested page or file cannot be found. Here's how to handle them:

  • Broken Permalinks: One of the most common causes is incorrect permalink settings in WordPress. Go to Settings > Permalinks and simply click "Save Changes" to regenerate your permalink structure. This often resolves 404 errors without further action.
  • Mistyped URLs: Always double-check for typos in your website's links. A single incorrect character can lead to a 404 error.
  • Non-Existent Pages or Moved Content: If you've deleted or changed the URL of a page, implement 301 redirects. These tell search engines and visitors about the new location, preventing 404 errors. Several redirection plugins exist for WordPress, or you can add redirects manually to your .htaccess file.

Additional Troubleshooting Tips:

  • Clear Your Browser Cache: Browsers store local copies of websites. If you're seeing a 404 error even though the page exists, try clearing your cache or using a different browser to confirm.
  • Debugging Tools: Utilize browser developer tools and tools like the WordPress Site Health check to delve deeper into potential causes if the above steps don't work.

Image Upload Failures

Having trouble uploading images to your WordPress website?  Here's what to check:

  • File Size Exceeds Limit: Most hosting providers have upload size limits. Elementor Hosting usually offers generous limits, but you might need to increase them further (contact support) or optimize your images before uploading. Elementor's Image Optimizer streamlines image compression to fit those restrictions.
  • Incorrect File Permissions: File permissions control access on your server. If incorrect, you might not have the right to upload files. Adjusting permissions through FTP or your hosting control panel usually resolves this.
  • Plugin Conflicts: Some plugins, particularly those related to image management or security, can interfere with uploads. The usual troubleshooting technique of deactivating plugins one by one can help isolate the issue.

Elementor-Specific Troubleshooting 

Elementor Widget Conflicts

With the variety of widgets Elementor offers, occasionally conflicts might arise between one widget and another, or with your theme. Here's how to address it:

  • Check for Known Conflicts: Keep your Elementor Pro plugin and other active plugins updated, as developers often address known conflicts in updates. Check Elementor's documentation or community forums for known issues.
  • Isolate the Problematic Widget: Deactivate widgets on your page one by one until you find the one causing the problem. Once identified, look for updates or report the issue to the widget developer/Elementor support.
  • Alternative Widgets: If a particular widget is the source of constant trouble, consider replacing it with a similar one from Elementor's vast library or a reputable third-party developer.

Elementor Preview Not Loading

Sometimes, when editing with Elementor, your preview may fail to load or get stuck in a loading state.  Here's how to fix that:

  • Clear Browser Cache: This is a great first step for many website-related glitches.
  • Check for Plugin Conflicts: Deactivate plugins systematically to see if one is interfering with Elementor's functionality.
  • Switch Themes (Temporarily): This helps determine if your active theme is causing problems with Elementor.
  • Increase Your Memory Limit: If your site hits memory limits while editing, you may get a stuck preview. Check the steps mentioned in the "White Screen of Death" section earlier. Elementor Hosting often provides enhanced resource allocation to minimize this issue.

Responsive Design Issues

Elementor's intuitive drag-and-drop interface lets you customize how your site looks on desktop, tablet, and mobile. Still, here are some troubleshooting tips if it's not working as expected:

  • Work with Breakpoints: Ensure you're editing content specifically for different screen sizes using Elementor's mobile, tablet, and desktop views.
  • Inspect CSS: Use browser developer tools to check if any styles from your theme or another plugin are overriding your Elementor design choices.
  • Preview on Real Devices: Test your website on actual mobile devices to confirm the look and user experience are as desired.

Performance Troubleshooting 

Slow Loading Times

A slow website not only frustrates visitors but can also negatively impact your search engine rankings. Here's how to pinpoint and address speed bottlenecks:

  • Analyze Performance: Use tools like GTmetrix or Google PageSpeed Insights to get a detailed speed report on your website. These tools highlight specific areas needing improvement.
  • Heavy Images: Unoptimized images are one of the biggest culprits of slow loading times. Use an image optimization plugin or take advantage of Elementor's Image Optimizer to automatically compress images without sacrificing quality.
  • Too Many Plugins: Each active plugin adds some overhead. Deactivate unnecessary plugins and opt for lightweight, well-coded plugins whenever possible.
  • Optimize Your Hosting: A significant factor in WordPress performance is your hosting. Traditional shared hosting can lead to slowdowns, especially if your site experiences traffic surges. Elementor Hosting, with its cloud infrastructure (Google Cloud Platform C2 servers), advanced caching (Cloudflare Enterprise CDN: [invalid URL removed]), and built-in optimization, can significantly boost your site's speed.

Website Not Updating

Sometimes, changes you've made in Elementor or WordPress don't seem to appear on the live website. This is often due to caching:

  • Clear Your Browser Cache: Start simple! This forces your browser to fetch the latest version of your site.
  • Purge Your CDN Cache: If you use a Content Delivery Network (like Cloudflare, which is integrated with Elementor Hosting), clear your CDN cache to ensure the newest page versions are delivered to visitors.
  • Elementor-Specific Caching: Elementor has its own caching mechanisms. Navigate to Elementor > Tools > General and click "Regenerate CSS" to clear and rebuild dynamic styles.

Preventative Measures and Seeking Help 

Importance of Regular Updates

Keeping WordPress, your plugins, your theme, and Elementor Pro consistently updated is one of the best preventative measures. Updates often include:

  • Security Patches: Addresses newly discovered vulnerabilities to keep your site secure.
  • Compatibility Fixes: Ensures everything works smoothly together, reducing the chances of conflicts or errors.
  • Performance Improvements: Developers continually optimize their products for better speed and efficiency.

Best Practices for a Healthy WordPress Site

  • Choose a Reliable Host: Look for a host with a solid reputation, specifically optimized for WordPress. Elementor Hosting checks these boxes, providing a managed environment and proactive support.
  • Staging Environments: Make major changes on a staging site before pushing them to your live site. This allows for safe testing without disrupting visitors. Many hosts, including Elementor Hosting, offer built-in staging functionality.
  • Strong Security: Implement robust security measures with firewalls, malware scanning, and strong passwords to protect your website.

When to Seek Professional Help

While troubleshooting is empowering,  sometimes it's best to get expert assistance. Here's when to consider it:

  • Stubborn Issues: If you've exhausted troubleshooting steps and the problem persists, professional support can save you time and frustration.
  • Complex Problems: Certain errors might require deeper technical knowledge to fix.
  • Limited Time: If you run a business, it might be more cost-effective to outsource troubleshooting.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing you have reliable support available can be incredibly reassuring.

Elementor Resources

Elementor offers extensive resources:

  • Documentation: Detailed guides and tutorials cover a vast range of topics.
  • Knowledge Base: A searchable library of troubleshooting articles.
  • Community Forums: A vibrant community of users and experts ready to help.
  • Priority Support with Elementor Hosting: Get direct help from Elementor experts when you choose their hosting plan.


Troubleshooting WordPress issues builds your website management skills and keeps your site running smoothly.  Remember, patience and a methodical approach are key. Utilize the tools and resources at your disposal, from WordPress's own Site Health feature to browser developer tools, and don't hesitate to seek help when needed.

For WordPress users seeking superior performance, ease of use, and streamlined troubleshooting,  Elementor website builder, combined with Elementor Hosting, offers a  reliable and integrated solution. By proactively addressing common errors and optimizing for speed, you'll create a website experience that truly delights visitors.




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