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Fixing the WordPress Syntax Error

Wordpress Syntax

Syntax errors are one of the most common problems that WordPress users encounter. These errors occur when there is a mistake in your code, like a missing comma or an extra curly bracket. As a result, the PHP processor can’t execute the script, and your website goes down. In this blog, we’ll walk you through how to fix the WordPress syntax error.

Remember: It’s always a good practice to have a recent backup of your website before making any changes to your website’s code.

Understanding the Syntax Error

When a syntax error occurs, WordPress will display an error message with specific details. This message often includes the file name and the line of code where the error is. For example, you might see something like this:

arduinoCopy codeParse error: syntax error, unexpected ')' in /home/user/public_html/your-site/wp-content/themes/your-theme/functions.php on line 357

This error message indicates that there’s an unexpected ‘)’ on line 357 of your functions.php file.

Fixing the Syntax Error

To fix the error, you need to correct the syntax. Since the error message tells you exactly where the problem is, you can access the file and fix the issue.

Step 1: Access your website files. You can do this using an FTP client or your hosting provider’s file manager.

Step 2: Navigate to the file that’s causing the error. In our example, you’ll need to go to /wp-content/themes/your-theme/ and find the functions.php file.

Step 3: Edit the file and find the line with the error. Look for any obvious syntax mistakes, like a missing bracket, a missing semicolon at the end of the line, or an unexpected character like in our example.

Step 4: Correct the syntax error and save your changes. Then, refresh your website to see if it’s working.

Dealing with syntax errors might seem intimidating, especially if you’re not familiar with PHP. But with a careful eye and a little patience, they’re often straightforward to fix.

However, if you’re uncomfortable editing your website’s code or if you’re facing a persistent issue you can’t seem to solve, it might be time to call in the professionals. At LaunchUX, we have a team of experienced WordPress experts ready to assist with all your website needs, from minor fixes to major overhauls. Contact us today to learn more about our services.