No doubt that WordPress is the world’s most popular CMS existing today! It powers over 39.5% of the total world’s websites!
But with great power, comes great responsibilities, right? So one such issue WordPress sometimes gives in to is the question of How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress?
That’s exactly the question I’m addressing today! Redirection issues are one of the most common issues with WordPress! And the twist is that they’re pretty easy to solve too!
But just because of those complicated terms like this webpage has a redirect loop and things like that, many people think it’s something that requires you to have a Ph.D. in rocket science, well you don’t!
What are Redirection Issues?
WordPress is nothing but URL’s, right? A lot of well-organized, structured, and linked URLs! Well although WordPress has taken good care of URLs and their links, sometimes things go south.
Let me put it this way, WordPress uses Permalinks structures to publish, open and maintain websites, right? Every permalink takes you to a specific address.
The problem is that the same URL algorithm/structure (whatever you want to call it) is also used by a lot of plugins we use on our websites.
And sometimes, the settings in the plugins, themes, and elements (can be anything else!) conflict with the default URL pattern of WordPress and hence this problem exists.
In short, there’s no fixed reason why this issue will arise, but it does arise. The simplest explanation is that URL’s sometimes mis-redirect, or don’t redirect at all, and hence the redirection issues come up.
So a slight misconfiguration with the Theme or a plugin can cause havoc on your websites. And you get something like this one the screen:-
But let me tell you, fixing them is extremely easy! Which we will come to eventually.
What are the Most Common Redirection Issues:-
Now there are over 50 redirection issues that exist, but you don’t face each one of them so easy, neither is fixing them!
But there are a couple of issues which knock down your door every next week or maybe a month.
- This Page isn’t Redirecting Properly.
- This webpage has a redirect loop! – It occurs when Your page 1 is redirecting to Page 2, and Page 2 is redirecting back to Page 2, so basically you never reach your destination.
Worry not, fixing both of them has an identical procedure so this article will help you out in either case.
Why Should you Fix Too Many Redirect issues on WordPress:-
It’s simple, if your website has a redirection issue, it won’t come up. None of your visitors would be able to visit your website.
It’s an era of extreme competition, unless you’re a brand and authority already, in which case you might have an excuse, your blog would be doomed.
People won’t care t click on your links in the search results next time, ever! That would take down your CTR, push you down the search results, lower your traffic, and you’d end up quitting the site, all this, just from one simple redirection issue.
So here’s how to fix it.
How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress?
The Most Common Reason (And fix) to the Problem:-
Go to your WordPress Dashboard, and click on settings>General
There you would see the simple option of WordPress Address and Site Address! Now here’s the catch. All the hosts let you select your primary URL structure.
Meaning if you want your website to have the www prefix, or not! It depends on what you’ve selected as the preferred URL.
I can’t show the screenshots here because I’m not sure what your choices are. But it’s simple if you’ve selected WWW as the preferred URL, and on the WordPress settings, you have only the naked URL set, this problem might show itself up.
The second scenario is when you have the naked URL set on the host as a preferred URL, but you’ve set www.yoursite.com in the WordPress settings as your URL.
The Solution:- I think it’s already clear, just make sure that you’re Preferred URL and WordPress setting’s URL are the same.
Answer #2 to How to Solve This Webpage has a Redirect Loop Problem:-
The above solution was simple, wasn’t it? Here’s another “simpler” solution! It works when the issue is on the client-side and not on the server side.
Hit Control+Shift+N on Google Chrome to reach Incognito Mode.
Click on the three-line bars at the top-right corner>Settings.
Type “cookies” in the search bar, and click on Clear Browsing Data.
Select Clear cookie option, set the time to “beginning of time” and click on Clear browsing data.
This should probably solve your problem, because this issue isn’t always based on the server-side, and hence if it was on your side, this should solve it.
Method #3 on How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress:-
I already mentioned this issue might also arise due to a URL redirection conflict with themes and plugins? Right?
So the simple solution to the problem is:-
- Find out “IF” plugins are causing this.
- Find out “which” plugin exactly is causing it.
- Deactivate /update the plugin.
So in order to do that, here’s what we will do:-
Deactivate all Plugins (and if that solves the problem= Plugins are causing this!) > Start reactivating them one by one ( to figure out which plugin exactly is causing this!)
So okay we hit the WordPress Dashboard, Plugins> Installed Plugins.
Select the Topmost check Bar, and check it. This will select all your plugins in the list in a single click.
Bulk Actions> Deactivate
Once they’re deactivated, check if the website is working! If it starts working, it means your problem is being caused due to a malfunctioning plugin.
Now, start Reactivating the plugins one by one. Activate one plugin, check the site, keep repeating this till you get the error again.
Once you get the error, you’ll know that the last activated plugin was causing the error. So just click on Deactivate once you find the plugin.
(Note that “blogger importer” isn’t the plugin that causes it, I’m using the screenshot only to show you an example!)
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