WordPress is the most reliable Content Management System that offers millions of handy plugins. With the help of powerful plugins, you can make your website look professional and attractive.
A plugin refers to a series of functions that is added to your WordPress site to expand its functionality. That means you can introduce any function to your site by adding the most suitable and relevant plugin.
Sadly, plugins can also create troubles like a problem occurs in any piece of coding.
Error in a plugin is the biggest challenge for the web developer as it can create a lot of problem in your site. Plugin errors can occur after installing, updating the plugin or after updating the WordPress core to the latest version.
Normally, A Plugin Error Occurs Due to the Following Issues:
- Poor Coding – A badly coded plugin will create problems regardless what type of plugin or theme you are using.
- Clash with Another Plugin – It is not necessary that all the plugins added in the WordPress site will play the similar role. And when the plugins provide similar functionality then there will be a change of conflict between the two plugins.
- Clash with WordPress – There will be a possibility that a plugin code gets incompatible with the code used in the WP core files. Due to this, many plugin developers update their plugin after the release of new version of WordPress to ensure that all the plugins are compatible.
- Conflict with the Site’s Theme – Many theme functions are located in the theme’s function.php.file. The basic rule of expanding the theme’s functionality by using function is the same as adding functionality via plugin. Virtually, problems can arise if they are coded poorly.
Do you know, a plugin displays an error message in your admin panel or stops the plugin’s functionality? Through this, you can detect the plugin error in your WordPress site.
However, the most tremble situation occurs when the white screen of death appears on your live website. If it happens in the admin area, then this blank screen will prevent you. But, if this blank page will display on your live website, then you might get into the daunting situation.
What to Do Next after Viewing an Error Message?
You can resolve any plugin error by locating the plugins (that is creating problems) and deactivating it. When an error code is presented, the location of the problematic file will be showcased in the error message.
Suppose, you updated multiple plugins at the same time, then it would become difficult to detect which plugin is causing the error. But, the error message contains the exact location of the file that is causing the error.
What to Do Next if You Can Access Your Plugin Admin Page?
If you find any error message or if the message doesn’t help detecting the plugin that is causing the error, then you will be required to locate that plugin manually. You can deactivate all the added plugins by using the bulk action option.
After deactivating all plugins, you need to reactivate all your plugins one by one. Once all plugins are activated, check your live website to see, is there are any messages or not. It is one of the traditional and efficient ways for detecting any plugin error.
If you are still viewing the error on your site after deactivating all plugins, then one thing is pretty clear that a WP plugin is not the cause of the error.
What to Do When You See the White Screen of Death in Your Admin Area?
If you see the white screen of death in your admin area, then you will not be able to deactivate all the plugins through WP admin panel.
But, you don’t need to worry because there is an easy way that can help you deactivate all your plugins. You only need to do is:
- Connect to your WordPress Website by using FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client like FileZilla.
- Create a backup of all the plugin files and folders placed at www.yourwebsite.com/wp-content/plugins/ to a safe location on your system.
- Delete all the plugins and folders.
- Re-upload all of them to the plugin folder.
- Trashing all of your plugins will automatically deactivate them. But, you need to reactivate them after uploading the plugin files.
- Now, you can reactivate each of the plugin one by one.
Are Plugins the Main Cause of the Error?
We cannot blame plugins for the WordPress errors. If you deactivated all plugins and still see the same error, then a plugin is not the main cause for the error.
It can be your WordPress themes as well. A theme developer adds more and more functions to extend capabilities of their themes built from provided designs. But due to this, your theme may clash with the plugin, particularly when you install a plugin that installs similar functionality.
Other Reason for the WordPress Error:
Memory limits: Few plugins are known for being CPU or memory hogs. If you exceed your estimated limit, then you may see the white screen of death on your live WordPress site.
A Corrupt .htaccess File: In order to check your .htaccess file is creating problems, you can delete the file through FTP and upload the previous safe version.
Corrupted Core Files: Sometimes, core WordPress files get corrupted. Therefore, it is cautious to re-upload all core WP files to ensure the core files have uploaded accurately.
In this blog, we have discussed the points for solving the WordPress error or bug. As we know, plugins are the most important part of your website, but, sometimes, it creates trouble or problem that needs to be resolved as quick as is possible.
In order to detect the plugin error, you need to delete all the plugins and re-upload them. Deleting all plugins will automatically deactivate them. But, you need to reactivate them one by one and encounter the plugins that are causing the error.