WordPress 403 error

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WordPress 403 error

Another very common error is the 403 error. When this error occurs a message will appear which says: “You are not authorized to view this page. (403 error)”

What is the WordPress 403 error?


The WordPress 403 error is a message displayed when a user tries to access a WordPress site or page that doesn’t exist. The 403 error can also be caused by a WordPress plugin or theme causing an issue on your site.

When the 403 status code shows up on your screen, it means that your server thinks you do not have the required permission to access that particular page. The 403 Forbidden error typically appears when you’re trying to log in to your WordPress admin area or when you visit a specific page on your site.

The WordPress administrator can customize the 403 error message. For example, you can change the note to “This content is reserved for registered users only.”

If you are a WordPress administrator and see the WordPress 403 error on your site, there are a few things you can do to fix the issue.

First, check if a plugin or theme is causing the issue. To do this, you can deactivate all plugins and themes on your site and then try to reaccess the page. If the WordPress 403 error is no longer displayed, then you know that a plugin or theme was the cause of the issue.

Next, you will need to check the .htaccess file for any code that might be causing the WordPress 403 error. To do this, you can access the .htaccess file via FTP or cPanel and then look for any code that looks like this:

# BEGIN WordPress

ErrorDocument 403 /error.php

# END WordPress

If you see this code in the .htaccess file, you will need to remove it and save the changes.

Finally, you can contact the WordPress support team to help fix the WordPress 403 error.

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