Most Common WordPress Admin Dashboard Errors And How To Fix Them

Most Common WordPress Admin Dashboard Errors And How To Fix Them


Being the most popular CMS on the market, WordPress powers more than 75 million websites. Every fourth website on the Internet is running on it. It’s not a surprise as it’s considered to be the easiest one in terms of management. Sometimes, though, it can pose some challenges.

If you are the owner of a WordPress blog, you may open your website once and see that it’s not working as expected. And you haven’t modified anything that might have caused this. To fix some errors you may need to learn PHP (WordPress is written in it), while the majority can be easily fixed from your WordPress dashboard in a few minutes. 

Here are the most widespread errors you may resolve by logging in to your WordPress administrative panel:

404 Error On Subpages

This error is triggered by permalinks settings. Its main symptoms are inaccessibility of all or some of the posts, while your main website page is working fine. To fix it, you need to log in to your WordPress dashboard > Navigate to Settings > find Permalinks on the list and press on it: 

In the menu that opens, check whether the correct type is set up. For instance, if there is a ‘Day and name’ option or the numeric one and you wish to access yourwebsite.com/postname , it will not be working.

If the correct type is chosen, you may switch it to default (plain) and back to your custom one. Don’t forget to press ‘Save’ and you are ready to go. This trick fixes the matter.

Broken Page Elements

This error is really common if you use some plugin to modify the structure of your website or add more customization to your pages (i.e. the ones that allow you to create custom buttons, insert content blocks and customize page layouts. Like, Shortcodes ultimate, Maxbuttons, Embed Gallery, and others).

In this case, you will see your website layout, but all the customized elements look as follows:

[yourblockname]. The real example: 

In this case, it may be self-explanatory that the matter is in your plugin, but not so fast. The general troubleshooting is as follows:

  1. Log in to your Admin Dashboard > go to Plugins > check whether the plugin in question is enabled. If no, enable it back
  2. If yes, see whether it requires update and press ‘Update’. You may see all the themes and plugins that require an update in your Dashboard > ‘Updates’ section
  3. Try to disable it and enable back
  4. Switch the theme to default one 
  5. Try disable all the plugins, enable the one in question, and then proceed to enable them one by one to see the conflicting one
  6. Restore a backup.

We recommend starting from the easiest options and listed the troubleshooting steps from the ones that require minimum efforts to some more complex. 

Constant Logouts

It may be pretty annoying to log out from your dashboard every minute. One of its reason may be that your local IP address is constantly changing or the Internet connection is not stable. If it’s not the case, the reason may be incorrect settings inside your WordPress admin dashboard. Pay attention to WordPress Adress and Site Address field difference:

It may be the reason for logging out. Make sure to set the same URL for both fields to prevent this issue. 

Issues With Media Uploads

By default, ‘uploads’ folder inside the WordPress file directory will be used for media uploads. If you have chosen another folder (be it your hosting provider settings or personal preferences), you may face ‘HTTP error’ when uploading your files.

To fix it, you need to turn back to your Dashboard > Settings > Media and delete everything in the line ‘Store Uploads to this folder’ (see the screenshot below).

Note, you will not see this option if you use the most recent WordPress version since, by default, it is hidden. So if it’s the case, and you don’t have FTP access to your files, it’s better to contact us for help.

Additional Reading

Indexing Request Rejected In Google Search Console

This error may not be specifically WordPress related and lie in the DNS settings (i.e your Nameservers are still propagating) or incorrect configuration for your domain name (the website is showing errors).

If your WordPress is up and running, make sure to take a look at your WordPress admin panel > Settings > Reading and locate the ‘Search Engine Visibility’ settings and make sure there is NO check mark selected. It states that it is up to search engines to honor this request, in reality, it creates the virtual robots.txt file that blocks the page from bot crawling. So if it’s the case, unmark it and wait for some time before resubmitting your URL.

There are many more useful functions inside your admin dashboard for customization, and you may reveal all WordPress potential while working on your website. 



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