A 404 error is a common HTTP status code that indicates the server cannot find the requested web page. When you encounter a 404 error on a WordPress website, it means that the URL you are trying to access does not exist or cannot be found.
To fix a 404 error in WordPress, you can follow these steps:
- Clear Browser Cache: Sometimes, the browser cache may be causing the issue. Clear your browser cache and try accessing the page again to see if the error persists.
- Check the URL: Ensure that the URL you are trying to access is correct. Double-check for any typos or missing characters in the URL. It’s also a good idea to check the links leading to the page to ensure they are correctly pointing to the right URL.
- Permalink Settings: If the 404 error is occurring on your website’s inner pages, it could be due to incorrect permalink settings. To check and fix this, go to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to “Settings” and then “Permalinks.” Choose a permalink structure and save the changes. This will update the rewrite rules and may resolve the issue.
- Re-save Permalinks: In some cases, simply re-saving the permalink settings can fix the 404 error. Without changing anything, go to the “Permalinks” settings page and click on the “Save Changes” button. This can refresh the permalink structure and resolve any issues related to rewrite rules.
- Check for Plugin or Theme Conflicts: Disable all your WordPress plugins and switch to a default theme (e.g., Twenty Twenty-One). Then, try accessing the page that was previously showing the 404 error. If the page loads correctly, it means there was a conflict with a plugin or your theme. Enable each plugin and theme one by one and test the page until you find the one causing the 404 error. Once identified, you can either replace or update the conflicting plugin or theme.
- Check Server Configuration: Sometimes, server misconfigurations can result in 404 errors. Contact your hosting provider’s support or check your server’s error logs to identify any server-level issues causing the error.
- Restore from Backup: If you recently made changes to your website or modified the .htaccess file and started experiencing the 404 error, you can try restoring your website from a backup when it was working correctly.
By following these steps, you should be able to troubleshoot and fix most 404 errors in WordPress.