Using WP-Config to Access WordPress Error Logs

Using WP-Config to Access WordPress Error Logs

Adam Morgan

Are you interested in setting up error logs in wp-config for WordPress?  If you’re unfamiliar with this file, it controls most of the settings on the WordPress platform.  This includes things like keeping your site free from bugs and fixing any potential errors.  Here, we will talk you through the process of setting up your own WordPress error logs.

Why Do You Need WordPress Error Logs?

If you’re new to WordPress, the wp-config.php file is a special configuration file on the WordPress platform that contains a number of important settings.  The important settings in this file help you connect to the database of your WordPress site.  This includes the table prefix to use, as well as generating authentication keys to keep your WordPress website safe and secure.

You can also use this file to help define a number of other parameters on your WordPress site.  It can also enable the debugging mode and save WordPress error logs.  Saving your error logs can help you find any errors in your site, as this will identify any scripts or plugins that are not working effectively.  You will then be able to find a fix for your WordPress errors.  To help you out, we’ll not take a look at how you can setup WordPress error logs in the wp file.

Setting up WordPress Error Logs

To start things off, you will first need to change the settings of your wp-config file.  This is simple enough and one of the easiest ways to find this file is to use either an app or a specific FTP client to access your WordPress website.

Once you are in the root directory, it’s easy to find the wp-config file. Next, you can access the file and just before the line that says ‘That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging’ you will need to add this snippet of code: define( ‘WP_DEBIG’, true ).  If you can already see this code in your wp-config file, you’ll simply need to change it to true.  This single line of code will then turn on your WordPress debug mode.

Reviewing WordPress Error Logs

Next up, you will need to go and visit the different pages on your WordPress website that had any warning or errors.  After this, you can connect to your WordPress site through an FTP client in your hosting cPanel.  Once you are connected to the cPanel, you’ll need to head to /wp-content/folder. Here, you’ll come across a folder labelled debug.log.  You can choose to download this file, simply view it, or even edit the file.  This is the file that contains all of the WordPress warning, errors and notices that were logged when you switched on the debugging mode.

That’s all you need to know to set up WordPress error logs in wp-config for your site.  We hope this gave you a better idea of how to set up your own error logs.  If you have already setup your own WordPress error logs, make sure to let us know about your own experience in the comments section below.