It’s an everyday struggle among users who are unfamiliar with all the WordPress templates in handling them. Chances are more when you’re handling with the advanced versions, because of the technical complexities. Let’s say you are about to start with a recently installed ‘multipurpose WordPress theme’ and the features enable users to work on the personalized platform, so confusion is bound to happen.
Considering the common issues or errors of WordPress, professional developers are always there to help you with the themes. However, it’s excellent if you adopt some quick ways. At least to fix the common problem, mostly related to functionality, styling and customization areas, refer to the given possibilities and their solutions below.
Stay updated to avoid White Screen error.
Possibility 1 –
Even though WordPress is popular for its user-friendliness and easy accessibility to publishing content, a little tweak is what one needs to know. It’s wise enough to check whether your PHP is updated or not because technically the server requirements are more important. Simply verify in the CPanel that your hosting in the server is having the latest versions of PHP 5.6/7.0 or above. In case you’re yet to upgrade, take reference from the available WordPress tutorials.
Possibility 2 –
This is a usual occurrence. However, another option can be if you have clicked the live preview button before completing the activation process. But if the problem continues to persist, then it’s majorly a plugin conflict. Fixing this problem is easy, first, click on the ‘disable’ plugin options and then on the ‘enable’ – it’s a common solution for or against a statement like — “unavailable for scheduled maintenance.”
WordPress Themes require different approaches to fix the problem, it may take a minute or 2 of your time, but the task looks hassle-free once you connect with developers who’re ‘pro’ in their work.
Possibility 3 –
In case the white page thing appears bearing Times New Roman Font, and no images or color appear, the reason may be it’s either broken or not correctly loading or found to have a missing file from the theme. Better check whether your theme folder has a stylesheet by opening the File Manager using the CPanel or through FTP connect the server, then navigate to wp/content/themes/. You’ll get a folder with the exact WP (WordPress) theme name, say ‘twenty-seven.’ Open the folder to access the file style.css (facing problem? – extract the theme’s ZIP file to re-upload it).
Many times CSS file won’t be named as style.css., instead, you may get a similar name to the main stylesheet – rename to see if it works.
Website, Homepage, and URLs don’t look like the demo one.
Possibility 5 –
As already shared, WP templates require a few technical changes. Developers advise on to check the data that comes along with each theme. So you need to import the free sample data provided by the theme providers, present in a secure XML file – all you need to do is upload it on your WP template. (How to get in: operate the Tools – import, select WordPress from options, and upload the XML file for the template sample data).
Possibility 6 –
Check whether you have all the plugins installed, that’s because web development companies add plugins like Jetpack, Yoast SEO, Google XML for improving functionality. So, go through it once.
Possibility 7 –
Errors on your homepage maybe for using a demo WP which has a static homepage that is missing on your website. To mitigate this, create a new page and name it as home, do the same for a blog page, don’t worry about the contents right now. Start navigating the reading section present under the settings of the menu bar. Now configure the website to use a static homepage after saving the changes. You can refresh and check to see the newly added homepage.
Possibility 8 –
Long-tail URLs are not great for users. It deviates from getting the right information about the page for users. Perhaps, the reason is you have used the default permalink which would come along with the imported WP template. Instead, modify it to make it easily readable, as per the pretty permalink structure, say, your site and the post name. Moreover, it is going to aid digital marketers as the purpose stands best for SEO activities.
Resolve 404 errors on posts and images.
Possibility 9 –
Each time you try to connect with the website, you end up with a 404 note! That’s obvious if WordPress is yet to generate an ‘htaccess file’ or if the configuration is wrong. The easy way out is to start navigating the permalinks and save the change, automatically the WordPress would configure the correct ‘htaccess file.’
Possibility 10 –
Still having issues, better connect FTP server or use a File Manager app to check the root directory for the ‘htaccess file,’ if it’s unavailable create one using the name and save it.
I hope these 10 possibilities can make you feel comfortable while accessing or working on WordPress Template from time next onwards. And you don’t have to feel exhausted in handling the personalized advanced versions and can manage on the easy bugs to enact like a Pro!
Author Bio: Ritesh Patil is the co-founder of Mobisoft Infotech that helps startups and enterprises in mobile technology. He works in a leading mobile app development company with skilled iOS and Android app developers that have developed innovative mobile applications.