It would be really awesome if your WordPress site just worked, always. In reality a WordPress site is a combination of an infinite number of plugins and themes and something is bound to go wrong at times. Knowing how to troubleshoot problems is an important skill if you make and maintain WordPress sites. The WordPress ecosystem is full of great resources for getting help, and if you are paying for a plugin or theme, you should expect support from the developers. Being able to tell the developer what went wrong, with specific errors and warnings will go a long way in getting a remedy quickly. The more dynamic and AJAX driven a site is the harder it is to see errors, even with WP_DEBUG enabled. In this post I’m going to show you how to use the debug logging features in WordPress to record and detect errors that might not otherwise be visible to you. Editing Files In Your WordPress Site Depending on how your site is setup there are different ways to edit files. You may have FTP access or be able to use the cPanel file manager to edit files. Editing files is always risky, make sure to back up your site first. Also, it is safer and easier to edit files when developing your site locally.
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