Top potential Solutions of 403 Forbidden WordPress Error

by Mitesh Singhal Singhal Industries Private Limited

In case the 403 Forbidden WordPress Error appears on the website, it means there is a permission error. Most of the time, users don’t know how to deal with the error. But before planning for any troubleshooting, you must know the reason for the error 403 forbidden is HTTP status code that indicates the resource, page, or file that users are finding is forbidden to access. There could be several reasons for the error. However, we have displayed some possible causes of forbidden error.

Most possible causes of forbidden error are


1. Incorrect folder and file permissions

2. Incorrect configuration in .htaccess file


Re-configure file and folder permissions


One of the potential reasons for 403 Forbidden WordPress Error is wrong permission for files and folder. Usually, when files are created, it has few default permissions. The permissions of the file instruct how to read, write, and bring the file for utilization. Go to the file via FTP login or CPanel admin login.

Navigate to the root directory, select the main folder which contains the website files such as public_html. Right-click on the file and select the File Attribute option. Select the alternative Apply to the directory only”, now submit the numeric value 755 in the given box and hit OK. After completing, upload the file to the server, repeat this step, and then select the “Apply to files only” and submit 644 in the given box. By doing this, it will probably fix the forbidden error.


Remove incompatible plugins


Sometimes incompatible plugins are the reason for 403 forbidden error, 502 bad Gatewayinternal server error, and other errors. The defected plugins can cause the conflict and breakdown the website functions and settings. Go to plugins sections and deactivate all plugins one at a time. Reload your website whenever you make each plugin inactive. You will find the corrupt plugin and then remove that one permanently. After doing this process, check your website and see if the error has gone.


Check the .htaccess file and make necessary changes


We all know that the .htaccess file is a significant file for the website. You locate the file via the FTP account login. Navigate to the root directory and find the .htaccess file. Now rename the .htaccess file. Renaming the .htaccess file makes it invalid on the server. Now create a new .htaccess file. Reload the website and see if it is working fine. Generate a new file via the WordPress admin dashboard. Now navigate to Settings- Permalinks. Hit on the save changes button, but don’t change anything. A new .htaccess file will be created, and it will solve forbidden error probably. 


We have tried to cover up the reasons for 403 forbidden errors and potential reasons. Moreover, we have also highlighted possible troubleshooting steps. WordPress users can try all the above methods to fix the forbidden error.

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About Mitesh Singhal Advanced   Singhal Industries Private Limited

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