WordPress is no different than many other software applications – sometimes things just do not go according to plan. Sometimes you overlook a preference option or leave a box unticked somewhere. Other times, it might be some ominous looking error message that is telling you that something is seriously wrong with your website. Especially when you first encounter them, these problems can seem rather intimidating. Have no fear though, we are about to look at a few of the most common issues for WordPress.
Issue #1 – Your Images Do Not Scale Proportionally
Sometimes you use a graphic for a slider or a featured image, only to find that it looks stretched or squeezed. Most of the time, this is because of the selected theme settings. If you want to know about the proper dimensions for images used with that particular theme, it is a good idea to contact the theme developer or look in the theme FAQ. You might find that images in sliders must be square or that featured images have to be 640px by 360px. Once you know about the right sizes, you can then trim your graphics accordingly.
Issue #2 – You Do Not See Any Of The Changes You Made
Any changes you make in the back end of your WordPress should show up in your WordPress website immediately. However, as you are refreshing your website, you notice that the changes that you made are not there. Assuming that you remembered to hit save (and yes, we have forgotten about this step too), your problem might be because of a caching plugin.
Disable caching temporarily by going to your caching plugin’s configuration screen. Now try to load the page again, and you should see your changes right away. If you just want to make sure that your website not updating is because of your caching plugin, you can just deactivate it temporarily too.
Issue #3 – Error Establishing Database Connection
This problem is extremely common, and often because your wp-config.php file has a misconfiguration in the database details. Go to the root of your WordPress installation, find your wp-config.php file and make sure that you have the following information filled in:
- Database name
- Database username
- Database password
- Database host
The wp-config.php file has each of the values defined, one after another. If you want to know about the exact values that you need to enter here, you might want to contact your web host.
Another reason that this issue might occur is because your database has reached its quota. This means that it shut down. Finally, your server might just be down. In the event of those issues, contact your server provider.
The WordPress software issues that we discussed here are just a few of the most common ones. Chances are that you will run into issues with WordPress if you continue using it enough. This is why it is always a good idea to speak to a professional who knows WordPress inside and out if you have issues that you cannot resolve on your own.