Fixing the Most Common Server Issues Affecting Your WordPress

Fixing the Most Common Server Issues Affecting Your WordPress

Andy Holland

While the vast majority of issues on your WordPress website stem from plugin issues, bloated themes or hacked logins, in some cases, it can be the underlying web server that is causing a fault on your site.

It’s important that you can fix any server problems quickly.  Any visitors at your site will not be understanding when it comes to an unresponsive, slow, or clearly compromised site; even if they are aware the issue is with the server and not you.  The key to resolving these kinds of issues is to have a clear understanding of the different types of server issues that can arise.

Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most common server issues that can affect WordPress and how to fix them.

Extremely Slow Loading Pages

If you have already done everything possible to help speed up your WordPress site, it’s definitely time to take a look at the server.  Firstly, you will need to double check the server status of your web hosting company.  The vast majority of hosting companies will include an easy-to-find Server Status page, so this is extremely easy to check.

If there is any issue with your servers, you’ll find the information on this page.  When your server is the apparent cause of any slow speeds, make sure to get in touch with your web host as soon as possible to find out when the issue will be fixed.  If there is no apparent issue with the downtime of your server, you should also check the bandwidth of your server.  When your WordPress experiences a major spike in traffic, bandwidth limitations could be your problem.

Updates Not Reflected on Your Site

Let’s say you already have a caching plugin installed, yet your updates are not reflected on your WordPress site.  If you have tried all the obvious fixes, your cache_temp folder may not be working properly.  In the event this folder is working properly, the issue may be a server-side caching problem.  If this is the case, you’ll need to reach out to the support team your host offers.

Server Does Not Exist

If you’re seeing a blank page with the message “server does not exist”, it’s vital that you immediately log into the hosting account for your site.  This message usually indicates that your account has been suspended.  This could be anything from the hosting plan not being renewed, to a bandwidth or storage issue.  Whatever the problem may be, you’ll need to contact them if you want to get your site back online.

Internal Server Error

While this error indicates the problem is with the web server, the fault may not lie with the underlying technology.  This error message could appear if there is a corrupt plugin or theme installed on your WordPress site.

If there are no issues with your theme or plugins, then the problem is related to the default server setup.  You can usually fix this problem on your own by checking your PHP memory limit.

It’s never fun when something goes wrong on your WordPress site. However, we hope these handy fixes for some of the most common server issues will come in handy.

Andy Holland

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