WordPress error How to fix “The site is experiencing technical difficulties”

How to fix WordPress error
How to fix this site is experiencing technical difficulties error message

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In this article I’m going to show you how to fix the WordPress error “This site is experiencing technical difficulties. Please check your site admin email inbox for instructions.”

First, we are going to look at some common causes of this error.

Common causes of “The site is experiencing technical difficulties”

  1. Plugins: This could be due to plugins conflict, meaning, maybe you have two active plugins with the same functions, some are due to outdated installations. Sometimes trying to update your plugins can also cause the error.
  2. Themes: In most cases, trying to update your theme can also breakdown your website. Mostly, some themes that are not compatible with the current version of your WordPress installation can also cause this error.
  3. PHP Memory Limit: The php memory limit can also cause this error.

Due to this error, you may not have access to your WordPress admin area, so how can you fix it? It’s pretty simple, now let’s proceed on how to fix this error.

How to fix “This site is experiencing technical difficulties”


To Know if the error is caused by your plugins, first you need to have access to your WordPress files, you can use an FTP client I recommend filezilla or you can use the file manager on your Cpanel.

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Login to your website wp-content/plugins directory, all you need to do is to rename the Plugins folder to Plugins_close. After renaming the Plugins folder, visit your website and if your website is accessible, that is, one or more of your plugins are causing the error.

To find the Plugin that is causing the error, rename all your Plugins one after the other till you get the right plugin that is causing the error then delete it. And that’s all, don’t forget to rename the Plugins back to normal.


To know if the theme you are currently using is causing the error, you have to take the same step you use in checking the Plugins, you have to navigate to wp-content/themes directory and rename the theme folder to themes_close then, visit your website.

If your website is accessible, delete the theme and activate another theme or you can reinstall it after you’ve logged into your dashboard, and that’s all.

PHP Memory Limit

This usually occurs because of low memory, make sure your site have at least 256M set for PHP memory limit.
To change your PHP Memory Limit, open your .htaccess file on your wordpress root directory and add this line of code:

php_value memory_limit 256M

You can also change it through your wp-config.php file. Open your wp-config.php file from your wordpress root directory, and look for this line:

/* That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */

Before the above line, add a new line then add this code:

define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '256M');

And that’s all, with all this method you will be able to access you website.

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