WordPress is the unquestionable buzzword that rings the loudest in the web development realm today. The scalability and the sheer power it equips the webmasters with helps them build website that boasts of unbridled versatility, a capability to be extended beyond defaults and the wherewithal to inject something truly unique that let the site have its own distinctive character.
And thus, it is much too common to see webmasters and those looking to create a new website without much prior experience resorting to WordPress to kick-start their blogging endeavor.
That said, despite being remarkably user-friendly, WordPress does sometimes put developers in bit of a quandary when certain features and implementations of the websites built on it are incomprehensible to them. And when such features lead to a certain error that is when the novice begins to get jittery.
However, the most typical WordPress problems sometimes are not so hard to resolve. The CMS issues are in fact common with every content management system. But it is a matter of few simple steps, particularly in WordPress, and you are pitched well to resolve the issues.
Let’s scroll through some of the most common issues new and experienced website managers face with their WordPress site:
1. Style.css Style Sheet is Missing
If this notification makes you press your panic buttons, there is a pertinent reason for you to do so. Buying, downloading, installing and setting up a whole new WordPress theme is an affair that requires a lot of investment, combined with truckload of an effort.
And when your theme announces that it can’t find the style.css style sheet, that is bound to get you worried, really worried.
But, is that an end to all? Does that spell doom for that theme, and are you contemplating shooting off a mail to the developer that’s full of legal threats? Well, calm down, this one is a basic problem with a pretty basic solution.
Maybe developer didn’t try to act smart and sent you everything following authentic practices. Maybe, it’s just you who forgot to upload the folder that contained the root theme in the first place.
How to fix it?
It is a sequence of few simple steps. You have to locate the relevant folder containing the WordPress theme on your drive and if it is the zip format, you need to unzip it. Now, this unzipped folder can be uploaded through the FTP and your website would be good to go, all brand new and shiny with the new theme.
2. The Customization of Style isn’t Going Live
When the website manager is leveraging is technical aptitude and a fair bit of hard work to customize his/her website’s style, they are really annoyed when the changes done at the backend fail to show in the live website.
And if you happen to be someone who has been encountering this issue off-late, here are few things you need to get done with for hoping to see the modifications made live on the site.
How to fix it?
Disable cache – There is a slight chance that to boost your website’s speed, you have installed the speed-enhancing plugin. Now, this plugin is working with the older cache.
What you need to do is to disable the cache. Then, you can proceed with refreshing the setup and as soon as you do it, all the changes you have made will start showing.
Avoid making changes in the theme from the WordPress editor – Now, when you are trying to make changes to your WordPress theme from the path, “Appearance – Editor”, you again might face some errors that seem incomprehensible. So, if you are a programmer, do not play around with codes.
3. The Gibberish URLs
Do the URL of your website’s posts look like,
www.xyz.com/5334p=45? Well, the fact that this URL gives no hint whatsoever regarding the kind of content it is representing isn’t helping your cause. You need the customization capability to tweak this URL so that it is comprehensible for the end user to understand.
The default URLs of WordPress websites are constructed in a manner that they can leave the search engines puzzled and thus result in your page being indexed with a lower rank than it should be. Let’s say you are publishing a post on ‘Best television shows of 2016’.
Now, the best URL for this post should be like
www.xyz.com/best-television-shows-2016. And for making sure that it indeed is the URL, you will need to fix the Permalinks settings at Settings – Permalinks.
Now, there is a chance that you are facing the 404 error even after adjusting the permalinks. And this is when you will have to manually tweak the .htaccess file. If you need help with that, read this.
WordPress, despite all its sophistication, and at times its troubles, is simple to use and implement right at its fiber. All you gotta do is to pull yourself over the rough spots that may exist on your knowledge milieu if you wish to make the most out of the best Content Management System of all.