This post is intended to provide some quick answers to common WordPress problems that wouldn’t otherwise merit a full post or tutorial. I’ll be keeping this updated with new information, so if you have a quick problem, or suggestion, leave a comment and I’ll look at including it.
My feed takes forever to update
Do you have a caching plugin installed? If so, it’s likely caching your feed. There may be an option to stop it from doing that though. For example, on W3 Total Cache, under the Page Cache settings, uncheck Cache Feeds.
I’ve got a 500 Server Error or White Screen of Death
This is often caused by a conflict with plugins. Start by deactivating all of your plugins. If you can’t do this because you can’t log in to WordPress, rename your wp-content/plugins folder to wp-content/plugins.old. Then see if you can log in and start reactivating your plugins one by one (after you rename your plugins folder back to wp-content/plugins) to find the culprit.
Every page redirects to my homepage
I’m not sure what caused it, but I recently experienced a situation where no matter what page you tried to reach on my site, it displayed the homepage. As it turned out, going into Permalinks and resaving them provided the fix I needed. (This method frequently resolves numerous issues).
Stuck in Maintenance Mode
It’s a horrible feeling – you’re updating either WordPress itself, or some of the plugins, and the upgrade fails somehow. During the update phase, WordPress goes into “Maintenance mode” while it updates the files, but if the update fails, it’ll get stuck in this mode. To fix it, log in to your site using FTP and look for the .maintenance file (you may need to unhide hidden files). Delete that and you should be good to go – you may need to re-upload WordPress, or your plugins depending on what you were updating.
Add to the list?
This is intended to be a community-driven list. What issues have you encountered that had quick fixes? Let me add them to the list.