If you are having your WordPress site, it can be fun to work on. But if you own a self-hosted site that can be more rewarding. If your website is helping you in earning a good buck then you should know how to maintain it. It is very much essential to have a responsive website. Moreover, it works well. In this blog, we will discuss common causes of WordPress crashed and its quick fixes.
Now the Question is Why WordPress?
WordPress is the most used content management system . Moreover it is
easy to use. Features of WordPress are:-
- WordPress is free and open-source.
- Adapts according to your needs.
- It helps in supporting numerous media types.
- WP is easy to learn and has a large community
- Themes and plugins for scaling up and expanding your website.
Moreover, WordPress is the best software but somewhere it also causes some problems.
Anything which has benefits also has some problems with it.
Following are the Common Causes of WordPress website Crashed
- Plugin issues
- Expired domain name
- Host unavailability
- Unavailability of critical resources
- Low WordPress memory limit and outdated PHP version
- Accidental power off
Although plugins play a vital role in adding up extra features to our website. Too many may create a mess with your WordPress. What extra installed plugins cause? Take a look
- It will slow the speed of WordPress.
- Slower Performance
Make sure you don’t require to overload your website with many plugins. Only install require plugins.
It is the responsibility of the website owner to determine what is the problematic plugin? If you can found, track its solutions. Some features surely help you to overcome from this plugin problem. Reasons for Plugin problems.
- Edited a PHP file
- Updated an existing plugin
- Installed an unknown plugin
- Made changes to the theme of WordPress
Quick fixes for Plugin issues
- If you know which plugin is creating a problem
● You can simply deactivate or uninstall WordPress plugin.
● Make an update on it.
If you are the Admin, you can troubleshoot plugin errors by following ways
- Login to your WordPress Admin Dashboard
- Go to the Plugins section> All Plugins
- Select the Deactivate linked with the plugin causing the issue.
- Check once your WordPress website.
- If there is no issue now, the plugin was the default
- If the issue persists, follow the steps in the If You Don’t Know Which Plugin is the problematic one.
2. If you don’t know which plugin is creating a problem
Here you simply need to deactivate all the plugins. You can activate it step by step. By doing this you would be able to know which plugin is creating a problem.
Admin can perform these steps, If you can access your site
- Firstly, Go to the Plugins page.
- You need to select the checkbox at the top of the plugin list for marking all plugins.
- Click on Bulk Actions
- Now Select Deactivate.
- You need to click on Apply.
- Now all the plugins deactivated on your WordPress Website.
- Now step by step activate the plugins
- Starting from plugin 1, if any problem persists in plugin 1 install again, otherwise repeat the installation process for all plugins.
- You need to continue this until you find the suspicious one.
- When you can see that, immediately uninstall that plugin again.
- Now you are ready to go.
Expired Domain Name
Domain name expiration is a very common cause of WordPress crash. But it is not very difficult to fix it. Domain names are the way by which your customer finds you. Regularly check the website from where you have purchased the domain name. Moreover, make sure your payments.
Quick fix for an expired domain name
The best way to quick fix is to renew the Expired domain names
It is always the best way to renew a domain name before its expiration. So there will no interruption in service. Moreover, there will be no risk then of dropping ownership of the domain name.
Steps of how to renew an expired domain
- Firstly you need to log into your account in name.com
- Then you need to click on the ACCOUNT tab which is located at the top.
- Now, select tools option
- Select RENEWAL CENTER.
- Click Renew next to the domain name you want under expired name domains
- Now you need to click on the Shopping Cart icon that is on the upper right
- At last, follow all the instructions.
When you can renew it, you can use it again.
Host Availability Issues
What happens sometimes, the host is not available due to user errors. The host is unavailable due to the following reasons
- HTTP Error 401 (Unauthorized)
- HTTP Error 404 (Not Found)
- HTTP Error 500 (Internal Server Error)
- HTTP Error 403 (Forbidden)
- HTTP Error 400 (Bad Request)
Quick Fixes of host availability issues
Hosting error or hosting unavailable problem persists if there are some technical issues in the hosting company. Or the server is down.
The easiest solution is
a. You can refresh the page and check if that can bring it back.
b. Also, if you restart your computer then it can be fixed.
c. You can also restart your router.
In case, you are seeing the message “Service unavailable”. It is a DNS failure. It means the faulty part is the DNS configuration.
The problem associated with a router can be resolved by restarting it. On the other hand, the problem with a selected DNS server can be resolved by choosing different DNS servers for use.
If in case, the error persists due to spikes in traffic, then it is the time for increasing web server resources to handle more traffic.
It is a good time to stay connected with the hosting provider. It will assist in knowing what measurements can be taken to decrease this problem Last but not least, if the error is due to a coding issue, make sure to check its issues.
Unavailability of Critical Resources can crash WordPress Built Website
When you in a hurry delete something from your website, that is very needed for the website. Then the problem arises. It can create a disaster. What are the things that are accidentally deleted by the website owners
- Photos, logos, and themes are deleted.
- The important plugin is deleted
- The relevant article is deleted
- Website user profiles are deleted.
- Modified files are removed
Quick fixes of unavailability of critical resources
Before you commence any website maintenance, it’s vital to back up all the files that you will be removing or modifying.
Even the files are major or minor, back up is necessary.
This backup ensures that your files are safe. You can download them back whenever you need that.
Low WordPress Memory Limit and Outdated PHP Version
In some cases, the admin dashboard is slow. This is because the PHP memory limit on your WordPress is set too low. The older version of PHP is deployed. Updates make system performance fast and don’t let them slow down. Sometimes slowing down the system, leads to a crash of websites. On the other hand, the outdated version hampers the performance of the overall site to a great extent.
So make sure that your website host should always be deploying the latest PHP in their servers. Always checks its compatibility from time to time.
Low memory can also halt the performance. The recommendation is always to try a PHP memory limit of 128MB.
Accidental Power Off
Many data centres have emergency power-offs switches in it. These are mainly pressed down in case of fire or any emergency. What happens if someone accidentally presses this? What do you think?
If someone presses it during business hours, the entire business suffers from a big loss until and unless you have not done back up of all your files. In some cases, emergency power doesn’t need to off affect the entire data. But yes, it can delete or drop some major data which can be vital for the business.
Quick Fixes to resolve this problem
The very important quick fix of this problem is simply back up your entire data. It means WordPress users need to backup their full WordPress website in the cloud independently. For doing this, they can use third-party tools. They can also deploy free-to-use solutions for it as well. This will help you in retaining and maintaining your lost data.
Malware is one of the most common causes of WordPress Website crashed
Malware is a security threat. Moreover, it tends to degrade the business. The main cause of WordPress website crashing is malware which can come on the website due to following reasons
A. Outdated software
B. Vulnerability in themes
C. Issues in plugins
D. Poor system administration
Steps of Removing Malware from a WordPress site manually.
Although the manual method is time-consuming, it can help you to some extent.
Create a Backup of WordPress website
Backing up your site can save your WordPress site. Moreover, you can also use some plugins like VaultPus, Backup Buddy and UpdraftPlus. These ensure you to safe your data,
Make sure you are keeping backup of your files in some local Pendrive as well.
Run a Scan on Your System
We suggest that you should download your backup by deploying an FTP client.
You can make use of ANTI-VIRUS software like Malwarebytes and Kapersky to detect issues in your site’s files. With time, you can fix those as well.
In case of a successful scan, you can modify the password of FTP and again load the site files.
Remove the Infection of malware
There are a small number of actions you can take to eliminate malware out from your WordPress website.
- You simply need access to the site’s files via FTP or by file manager.
- Every file should be deleted by you now and also the folder in its site’s directory but not wp-config.php content, moreover, the wp-content should also be needed to save.
- In this step, open up-config.php, now you need to relate its content exactly with the fresh file of the new installation. If you found any faulty or unwanted code strings, don’t forget to remove them.
Next, you need to direct to the directory of the wp-content. Following are the necessary actions that need to be performed on these folders:
● themes – You simply make yourself ready to delete the entire data but not your current theme. After that, you can check for the apprehensive code. The next step is to remove all the things together. Make sure you have already saved your files
● plugins – Plugins are also needed to be deleted. list all your already installed plugins and after listing you can wipe away the associated subfolder. After that, you are ready for re-transferring and installing them again.
● uploads – Take a quick check for anything you have not added or uploaded or save as a draft.
● index.php – When plugins are deleted, your next move should be deletion of this file as well.
Download a novel WordPress Copy to Install
You can download WordPress again. Moreover, the content can be uploaded again with the help of the File transfer protocol or by the file manager.
- Open the File Manager on Your PC.
- Select the upload file option.
- Now you need to trace the zip file of WordPress.
- Once the uploading is finished, you need to make right-click. Also, you can simply click on the extract button present there.
- Now, you need to enter a directory name for defining the save location.
- You make sure to Copy everything else but not the zip file to public_html.
- On the other hand, you can use cPanel’s 1 click installer. By doing so you can revise the database authorizations in the file of wp-config.php for pointing it to your fresh installation.
WordPress Password should be reset
In the case of multiple users using a website, the chances of a security breach are increased. It is suggested that every user needs to reset his/her password. Moreover, they need to logout from all the devices. This will help out in saving the website.
Re-Install the Plugins and Theme
If you can detect the Malware from your website. Now you are ready to re-install all the removed themes and plugins. You can discard the plugins that you don’t want.
WordPress is easy to work with. But you need to maintain it properly. Otherwise, it will create a problem for you. The best option of saving your WordPress site is to do the backup. If you keep the backup on the cloud, later you can restore it. In this blog, we have discussed the common causes of the WordPress website crashed and how to fix these problems. If you are having any doubt, feel free to ask me in the comment box.