Clearing your browser cache and cookies may resolve this problem. Also, check your search.php and index.php template files for errors.
There are various resources that will help you find more help with WordPress, in addition to these FAQ.
The following are articles that will help you troubleshoot and solve many of your CSS problems:
If you got this message when trying to save a post, consider checking Administration > Settings > General and make sure both your WordPress address (URI) and the Blog address (URI) do not use 'www'. For example, instead of http://www.sample.com use http://sample.com in those fields. This information originally reported via http://wordpress.org/support/topic/72235
Problem: The MySQL variable tmpdir is set to a directory that cannot be written to when using PHP to access MySQL.
To verify this, enter MySQL at the command line and type show variables;
You'll get a long list and one of them will read: tmpdir = /somedir/ (whatever your setting is.)
Solution: Alter the tmpdir variable to point to a writable directory.
If none of this make sense and you have someone to administrate your system for you, show the above to them and they should be able to figure it out.
Description: You get a warning message on your browser that says:
Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at
Reason and Solution:
It is usually because there are spaces, new lines, or other stuff before an opening <?php tag or after a closing ?> tag, typically in wp-config.php. This could be true about some other file too, so please check the error message, as it will list the specific file name where the error occurred (see "Interpreting the Error Message" below). Replacing the faulty file with one from your most recent backup or one from a fresh WordPress download is your best bet, but if neither of those are an option, please follow the steps below.
Just because you cannot see anything does not mean that PHP sees the same.
To be sure about the end of the file, do this:
<?php some code; ?> <?php some other codes; ?>Correct:
<?php code; some other code; ?>
Upload the file back to your server after editing and saving the file.
Note: Also check the encoding of the file. If the file is encoded as UTF-8 with BOM, the BOM is seen as a character which starts the output.
Interpreting the Error Message:
If the error message states:
Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /path/blog/wp-config.php:34) in /path/blog/wp-login.php on line 42, then the problem is at line #34 of
wp-config.php, not line #42 of
wp-login.php. In this scenario, line #42 of
wp-login.php is the victim. It is being affected by the excess whitespace at line #34 of
If the error message states:
Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /path/wp-admin/admin-header.php:8) in /path/wp-admin/post.php on line 569, then the problem is at line #8 of
admin-header.php, not line #569 of
post.php. In this scenario, line #569 of
post.php is the victim. It is being affected by the excess whitespace at line #8 of
Other issues that might cause that error:
To resolve this and similar issues, disable your plugins one at a time until you find the source of the issue. Generally, this will be due to two or more plugins trying to use the same resources (for example, JQuery or other Java-based tools).
In addition, it could be that there is a problem with your browser. A common resolution is to empty the browser's cache. Please consult the documentation for your preferred browser to learn how to do this.
Update your Safari browser. Early versions of Safari are not supported.
Description: When users try to register with your blog or change their passwords by entering their username and/or email, WordPress indicates that their password has been emailed to them, but it is never received.
Reason and Solutions: WordPress uses the standard PHP mail() function, which uses sendmail. No account information is needed. This is not generally a problem if you are using a hosting service, but if you are using your own box and do not have an SMTP server, the mail will never send. If you are using a *NIX box, you should have either postfix or sendmail on your machine; you will just need to set them up (search the Internet for how-to's). If you do not want to go through setting up a complete mail server on your *NIX box you may find ssmtp useful -- it provides "A secure, effective and simple way of getting mail off a system to your mail hub". On a Windows machine, try a sendmail emulator like Glob SendMail.
More help can be found on this thread of the WordPress Support Forums: http://wordpress.org/support/topic.php?id=24981 For a plugin based alternative, you could try Configure SMTP: "Configure SMTP mailing in WordPress, including support for sending e-mail via SSL/TLS (such as GMail)."
Windows Host Server Specific: Check your "Relay" settings on the SMTP Virtual Server. Grant access to 127.0.0.1 . Then in your php.ini file, set the SMTP setting to the same IP address. Also set smtp_port to 25.
Ensure Proper Return Address is Used: By default, the WordPress mailer fills in the From: field with email@example.com and the From: name as WordPress.
This is fine if this is a valid e-mail address. For example, if your real e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org, your host should pass the email on for delivery. It will probably send your mail as long as yourdomain.com is setup to send and receive mail, even if wordpress is not a valid mail box. But if you set you real email as the From: address and it's something like email@example.com, the mail may not send because gmail.com is not a domain handled by the mail server.
Treated as Spam: Your email message may have been routed to a spam folder or even worse, simply discarded as malicious. There are a couple measures you can use to convince recipient's mail servers that your message is legitimate and should be delivered as addressed.
SPF: (Sender Policy Framework) This is the most common anti-spam measure used. If you are on a hosted system, there is a good chance your host has set this up for the mail server you are using. Have Wordpress email you and check the message headers for evidence that the message passed the SPF check. You can get a message sent by following the Forgot Password link on the login page. To keep your old password, do not follow the link in the message. If your system email failed the SPF check, you can set up the credentials if you have access to your DNS records and your mail server's domain belongs to you. Check the return path of the email your system sent. If the mail server listed there has your domain name, you can set up SPF credentials. There are several how-tos on the Internet.
DKIM: (Domain Key Identified Mail) This system is also used. You can use both SPF and DKIM in the same message. Again, just as with SPF, you can check if your receiving mailserver verified your host's domain key by examining the mail header. There is a fair chance no signature key was provided, indicating your host chose to not use this protocol. Also as with SPF, if you can edit your DNS records and the mail server belongs to your domain, you can set up DKIM credentials yourself. Some how-tos exist if you search the Internet.
To get WordPress to send the proper DKIM keys, hook the 'phpmailer_init' action. You are passed the $phpmailer object. Set the necessary properties and return the object. See the class source code for more information. It's on wp-includes/class-phpmailer.php .
In some Themes, such as the WordPress Classic Theme, you may see the <!--nextpage--> work properly on your main page, but other Themes, such as the WordPress default Theme, may only show the page break when viewing the posts individually. It may be necessary to change your Theme's template page.php or index.php file to make this feature work according to your wishes. You'll need to add the following:
<?php wp_link_pages(); ?>
It could be because:
This is a MySQL error and has nothing to do with WordPress directly; you should contact your host about it. Some users have reported that running a "repair table" command in phpMyAdmin fixed the problem.
If you write plugins or make advanced custom templates, you may eventually find yourself dealing with data in the database. WordPress usually manages this data for you in such a way that it is immediately usable. There are circumstances though (especially if you are dealing directly with the database without using WordPress) where you will experience weirdness.
For example, quote marks cannot be stored directly in the MySQL database. MySQL uses quote marks in its SQL language. When a quote mark is used, for example, in a post, when the post is saved to the database, every quote mark gets escaped. That means a backslash character is prepended, which signifies that the next character should be taken as part of the input, and not as part of the SQL command.
For example, if you are adding the following in your post:
...an article about "Happiness" is at <a href="http://example.com/happy" title="Happiness">Happiness</a> if you would like to read it...
Is actually imported into the database looking like this:
...an article about \"Happiness\" is at <a href=\"http://example.com/happy\" title=\"Happiness\">Happiness</a> if you would like to read it...
When pulling data out of the database, the backslashes may not always be automatically removed. If this becomes an issue, you can use the stripslashes() PHP function on the text.
Description: When anyone tries to comment on a post, the window goes blank and the comment doesn't appear to have been recognised by WordPress.
Reason and Solution: The Theme that you are using is missing a critical part of the comment form so WordPress doesn't know which post the comment refers to. You need to check the comment.php in your Theme and ensure that the following code appears within the form.
<input type="hidden" name="comment_post_ID" value="<?php echo $id; ?>" />
Relevant discussion threads:
Sometimes it may be necessary to deactivate all plugins, but you can't access the administrative menus to do so. One of two methods are available to deactivate all plugins.
Use phpMyAdmin to deactivate all plugins.
Or reset your plugins folder via FTP or the file manager provided in your host's control panel. This method preserves plugin options but requires plugins be manually reactivated.
As part of the automatic upgrade WordPress places a file named .maintenance in the blog base folder (folder that contains the wp-admin folder). If that file exists, then vistors will see the message Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.
To stop that message from being displayed to vistors, just delete the .maintenance file. The automatic upgrade should be executed again, just in case it failed.
Note the core automatic upgrade feature was added with Version 2.7.
If an error 404 occurs when using the Pretty Permalink choices such as Day and Name in Administration > Settings > Settings_Permalinks_Screen it could be a result of the mod_rewrite module not being activated/installed. The solution is to activate mod_rewrite for the Apache web-server. Check the apache\conf\httpd.conf file for the line # LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so and delete the # in front of the line. Then stop Apache and start it again. Note: you may have to ask your host to activate mod_rewrite.
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Not sure why this problem happens, but here's a couple of things to try one of these two solutions.
This usually fixes the problem:
If that doesn't work, try:
This problem is usually solved by the same solution as is presented in the question right before this one: Why isn't the admin user listed as an author when editing posts?
When an update is released, notification of that release is displayed at the top administration screens saying WordPress x.x.x is available! Please update now. Not every blog will see that message at the same time. Your blog is programmed to check for updates every 12 hours, but the timing of that check is purely random. So if your blog just checked for updates minutes before an update was released, you won't see the update message until your blog checks for updates 12 hours later.
If you want your blog to check right now for updates, you can delete the update_core option name record in your wp_options table. Note that plugins and themes each have their own check and update cycle, controlled by the records update_plugins and update_themes, in wp_options.
Relevant discussion thread:
A core upgrade copies all the new files from the distribution over the old ones, so if you changed existing files in the WordPress default theme (e.g. wp-content/themes/twentysixteen/style.css), those changes got overwritten with the new version of that file.
Please note, a core upgrade goes through a list of "old files", as defined in wp-admin/includes/update-core.php, and deletes those files. Any files not on the list, and not in the distribution, are preserved.
Remember, that before upgrades, whether automatic or manual, both the WordPress Files and database should be backed-up as explained in WordPress Backups.
A better way to modify the default theme is by using a child theme. It's a little more work to set up, but worth the effort because your customizations will be safe when the main theme is updated.
Every once in a while, it may be necessary to repair one or more MySQL database tables. According to the How to Repair MyISAM Tables at dev.mysql.com there are a number of reasons to repair a table including errors such as "tbl_name.frm is locked against change", "Can't find file tbl_name.MYI (Errcode: nnn)", "Unexpected end of file", "Record file is crashed", or "Got error nnn from table handler".
Here are the steps to repair a table in a MySQL database using phpMyAdmin:
Remember, that it is advisable to have a current backup of your database at all times.