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How to Fix Error 404 on WordPress?

Error 404 Not Found is one of many errors you can see on WordPress site, what does this error mean?  And how to fix it?. This is our topic today.

What is Error 404?

The First point you should know that error 404 could appear under different error messages that changes from browser to browser, these messages you could see:

  • “Error 404”
  • “404 Not Found”
  • “HTTP Error 404”
  • “Not Found”
  • “Page Not Found”
  • “The requested URL was not found on this server.”
  • “The page cannot be found”
  • “We can’t find the page you’re looking for.”
  • “The requested URL /~ was not found on this server.

The second point you need to understand is the real meaning of this error. Basically, it means that the client (your, or your visitor’s, web browser) was able to successfully connect to the host (your website’s server), but it was unable to find the actual resource that was requested (e.g. a specific URL or filename).

This error and other errors will badly affect your site performance, so you should fix and try to avoid it.

How to fix error 404 on WordPress?

  • Update Your WordPress Site’s Permalinks

The easiest way to fix this error is to update your permalink settings through the WordPress dashboard.

All you need to do is go to Settings → Permalinks and click Save Changes (you don’t need to make any changes – clicking Save Changes is enough).

How to fix Error 404 not found on WordPress?
How to fix Error 404 not found on WordPress?
  • Set Up 301 Redirects For Moved or Renamed Content

In many cases Error 404 Not Found could happen because of changing the URL slug or moving a piece of content manually.

The best way to fix this is to automatically redirect anyone who tries to access the old location to the new location. That way, they’ll make it to the right spot without any 404 errors. It’s also good for SEO.

set up redirects in WordPress:

you can use the free Redirection plugin to manage redirects from your WordPress dashboard.

Once you’ve installed and activated the plugin, go to Tools → Redirection and enter the 404 page URL in the Source URL box and the new location of the content in the Target URL box:

that’s all.


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