Don’t Panic When The Dreaded WordPress Error Message Pops Up!
So you just updated your WordPress website or made a change. You can hear the doomed horror movie soundtrack in your head as the dreaded WordPress error message pops up on your blank admin screen, or worse yet, on your entire website. The longer your site is down, the more your business loses visitors, customers, and sales.
Easy Steps To Take Before You Give Up On Fixing By It Yourself
This method will help you quickly figure out what you need to do or if you need to call for backup.
- Don’t panic—You have your WordPress site backed up. (You do have it backed up, right?)
- The worst case scenario is that you can contact your web developer (web dev) or web host to reset it to the previous version.
- The real worst case scenario is that you didn’t backup your WordPress site.
- As soon as you fix the error message problem, backup your website.
- Breathe! Take a moment to catch your breath, get out of panic mode, and make a plan to fix it.
- Copy and paste the error message into a text file and save it.
- Paste that error message into a Google search (or whatever search you like best.)
- The odds are you will find someone who has gone before you with the same problem and discovered a solution.
- If you can understand and implement the solution yourself, great!
- If you know it was caused by updating a WordPress plugin, contact the plugin support author/team for help. When I’ve had problems with a paid plugin, the support team has often offered to fix it for me—usually within hours.
- If all else fails, contact Sweetened Condensed Web Solutions or your web dev with a support request. It will probably cost you but will save time and beats getting frustrated.
- Note what you were doing before the error message.
- Include the error message.
Trust me: I’ve been there, too. It is annoying when I figure out I could have fixed it without calling on the super techs. But it’s more frustrating when I waste valuable time trying to fix something beyond my tech skills.