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How to Fix the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress

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I'll make this simple and straight enough, this piece is going to be about How to Fix the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress. It's one of the most common and encountered problems with websites.

So I think it's only a fair decision for me to scribble this piece down on HTTP 403 forbidden error, right? Well before diving into the technical details, let's get down to some basics.

Here's what this piece would be covering:-

  • What is the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress?
  • Why does the error code 403 occur in the first place?
  • How do you fix a 403 forbidden error?

What is the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress?

403 is an error code, it species which error exactly is causing the problem. Just like the popular 404 not found code, the 403 means a lack of permission.

Means when you don't have enough permissions to access a certain file, you get that problem. It's primarily a fail-safe, designed to keep unwanted people from accessing unwanted data.

But then it's  an algorithm, a code, right? And codes mess up sometimes, or/and you do. And in those instances, you might have this problem on your server even when you do have sufficient permissions.

And that's exactly what we would fix today!

Why does the Error Code 403 Occur?

Now there are plenty of reasons and times when and why this might happen. The primary reason being, Security plugins! I mean this is something that most website owners install themselves, and that increases the chances of you making the wrong decisions.

There are some plugins, security plugins to be specific which blog your Ip addresses, and couple more addressed due to security. It's unintentional, but it happens. That's the reason you need to be really picky with which plugins you're granting access to your site.

The second most common reason for this to happen is, you've got the wrong piece of code on your .htaccess file! The code probably is limiting your rights and access to the server.

Or you might have just messed up some other important kind of file, whatever be the reason, let's take a look at fixing them.

How to Fix the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress:-

The first step? I'd say take a backup of your WordPress directory right away! You don't want to be stranded just in case something goes wrong, right?

So okay once you have the backups with you, it's time to get to the real deal!

Method #1:- Disable All WordPress Plugins (Especially the security ones!).

Head over to your WordPress dashboard, and click on Plugins> Installed Plugins.
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Click on the checkbox at the very top! I mean the very first checkbox! This will select all the checkboxes in the least.

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And click on actions> Deactivate.

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This will disable all your plugins! And then check your website. If the issue is resolved, well then you need to re-verify the plugins you've installed. I'd recommend permanently deleting any free security plugins you might have.

Method #2:- Checking .htaccess file.

Login to your Cpanel, and click on File Manager > Public HTML
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Then select the website for which you're having the problem with.

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This will take you to the website's WordPress installation directory. That's where you find the .htaccess file. Right click on it, and click on delete. (WAIT! Make sure you download it first, as a backup!)

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So once that's gone, again check your website! If the website starts functioning, then probably you had a line of wrong code in your .htacces! So if that fixes your problem, you still need to get back your .htacess file, right? (It's important, a lot!)

But you can't upload the backup file either, because then it would be the same file which caused the issue. So we need a fresh copy of your .htaccess file, right?

Just click on Settings>Permalinks in your WordPress dashboard.

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And click on Save changes. Nope don't change anything else! Just get to the page, and click on Save changes.

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This would generate a fresh copy of your .htaccess file, one “without” the malicious code and hence you're clean!

Method #3:- Changing File Permissions Manually!

Let me get this straight, this isn't the best option, or something I recommend either, because if you don't have clear idea about what file permissions are, or what they can do, you might loose your website permanently.

The best bet over here is to ask your server company or hire a web dev to fix the file permissions for you! But if you're hell-bent on doing it yourselves, let me show you how (and what!)

Just get to your Cpanel WordPress directory using the steps I've shown in the above section. Once you're in the directory, you should see a screen similar to this.

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Now right click on the file you want to change the permissions of (I'll show you what to change shortly!), and click on Change permissions.

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What to Change:-

  • Set the permissions of all the “folders” in your WordPress directory to 744 or 755!
  • The “files” need to be set to 644 of 640!

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Final Words:-

So yeah that was it, folks. On How to Fix the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress. So now that solved your problems regarding how you can solve your error 403 forbidden too right?

If you've got any queries or questions, I'd love to hear them in the comments down there. Or if this piece helped you, a share won't hurt either.

Evan Derek is the Founder and Chief SEO Analyst @ VebbLabbs. Specialising in Affiliate Marketing and helping newcomers to make it a stable profession in the online world, he boasts 6+ years of experience in the industry. 19 year has he spent on this planet successfully, and plans on spending atleast 50more !

Security

How to Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory

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How to Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory

Recently, I have written a tutorial on “How to install WordPress using Fantastico”. Now, I hope that you all know how to install WordPress. After installing WordPress, now it's the time when we have to think about security.

And how to protect our blog from malicious attacks and deface attacks. WordPress does not provide security automatically, we have to take some measures to prevent our blog/website from being Hacked.

So, today we are traversing towards the first step of security by showing a tutorial on “How to Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory“. WordPress Admin Directory is nothing but a “wp-admin”, which enables you to login into WordPress.

By protecting this directory you will cover an extra layer of authentication for security purposes. So, in this article, we will show you a Step by Step guide on “How to Password Protect WordPress Admin directory“.

Step by Step Guide on:

How to Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory

Step 1:

Login to your cPanel. Scroll down the screen and find a section that includes a title as “Security” and in that section, you will find an icon named “Password Protect Directories“.

Step 2:

Click on that icon and then the screen will be appear asking for directory location. Now, click on the web root and then navigate to the folder where your WordPress is hosted. Then click on the /wp-admin/ folder. You will see a screen similar to the below image:

Step 3:

Afterward, in that open screen you have to simply check the box to Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory and in “Name of the protected directory” – you can put the desired name of your choice and no need to remember that name.

Step 4:

Then, in that open screen only you have to fill “username & password” and you have to remember it. Hurray! You have enabled Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory.

Step 5:

Now, When you try to login in WordPress or when you try to access your wp-admin directory, then you will see an Authentication Required box, shown in the figure below:

To Fix Too many redirects loop error

Sometimes it may happen that after you have the Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory when you try to login into WordPress account then it will show “404 Error or Too many redirects loop error“.

To fix this issue, open your main WordPress .htaccess file (cPanel > File Manager) and add the following code there before the WordPress rules start.

ErrorDocument 401 default

And your problem will be solved, now try to login to the WordPress account.

I hope you have understood and now you can Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory.

If you have any problem then don't hesitate, just put your problem-related comment via below comment form and we will surely help you resolve your problem.

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How to Install WordPress Using Fantastico

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How to install Wordpress using Fantastico

New to WordPress? Don’t you know how to install WordPress? Then No Problem at all! You’re at the right place because today I will show a tutorial on “How to install WordPress using Fantastico”.

Yeah! I know Fantastico is a new word for you, so first let’s understand that word. Fantastico – a tool which installs WordPress for your blog/website or its also called “One-Click Installation Tool”.

Nowadays most of all Hosting Provider provides Fantastico for fast installing of WordPress. Its very simple to install WordPress using Fantastico, just you have to enter some information regarding your blog and click on install WordPress.

Within a minute you will get your installation finished and you are ready with your blog. Now, let’s get on the topic: How to install WordPress using Fantastico, below is the step by step guide on this.

How to install WordPress using Fantastico

Step by Step guide:

Step 1:

Login into cPanel with username and password provided by your Hosting Provider at the time buying Hosting. After login, you will see a screen similar to the below image that will be displayed on your computer.

Step 2:

Scroll down the screen and find a section which includes the title as “Software/Services” and in that, you will find a blue smiley icon named as “Fantastico De Luxe

Step 3:

Click on the “Fantastico De Luxe” and you will see a screen similar to the below image on your computer display.

Step 4:

From the appeared screen, see the left panel consisting of many options from that you have to select “WordPress” to start the installation process.

Step 5:

Click on “New installation” from the WordPress Installation Screen. As you click it will display the form as shown in the below image.

Step 6:

Now you have to fill data as per below instruction:

Install in a domain – should always include your domain.

Install in a directory – must leave blank.

Admin access data – enter username and password that you have to remember because you will need to login into your blog. If you can’t remember than better to store it.

Admin access data – put your name instead of the nickname because it will be displayed as the author of any posts that you post on your blog.

Admin e-mail – email linked to the blog, so you can receive a notification like comments, etc.

Site name – the name of the blog.

Description – put a tagline for the blog.

Now, when you have filled all the information correctly then click on the “Install WordPress” button. It will take hardly 1-2 minutes to install and when the installation is being completed you will see a screen similar to the below image.

Step 7:

Yuppie! You have successfully installed WordPress and at last, it will suggest you put your email to send login details. So, that you can refer to it later.

I hope you have understood well and now you can install WordPress using Fantastico. If you face any problem regarding installing using Fantastico then put your comments below via comment form so that we will surely help you!

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How to Display Related Posts in WordPress without Plugin

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How to Display Related Posts in WordPress witnout Plugin

Owning a blog or a website is not a great thing, but to manage the consistency of the blog or a website that's a hard task. We all (blogger) familiar about the word – “Bounce Rate”, and this word has great importance in our blogging life. 

Bounce rate essentially represents the percentage of initial visitors to a site who jumps away to a different site, rather than continue on to other pages within the same site. If you have a high bounce rate that means your website isn't impressive enough to explore it more.

There are many reasons why visitors leave your website without exploring it further such as “Broken navigation links”,  “Irrelevant content”, “Popups” and much more. And this problem will be not solved ASAP then the no. of visitors will decrease.

Our revenue totally depends upon the visitors (exceptions are always there), so to decrease the bounce rate of our blog/website and to increase no. of visitors and revenue you can Display Related Posts in WordPress.

Read: How to Install WordPress Using Fantastico

There are many plugins out which helps you to “Display Related Posts in WordPress“, but every time it's not necessary to use the plugin. Plugin consumes space in your WordPress database.

It also increases the loading time of your website. That's why today in this article I will show you “How to Display Related Posts in WordPress without Plugin”.

Display Related Posts in WordPress without Plugin

<?php
//for use in the loop, list 5 post titles related to first tag on current post
$tags = wp_get_post_tags($post->ID);
if ($tags) {
echo ‘Related Posts';
$first_tag = $tags[0]->term_id;
$args=array(
‘tag__in' => array($first_tag),
‘post__not_in' => array($post->ID),
‘posts_per_page'=>5,
‘caller_get_posts'=>1
);
$my_query = new WP_Query($args);
if( $my_query->have_posts() ) {
while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post(); ?>
<a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>” rel=”bookmark” title=”Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>”><?php the_title(); ?></a>

<?php
endwhile;
}
wp_reset_query();
}
?>

Paste the above code in single.php where you want to Display Related Posts in WordPress. This is the easiest way to Display Related Posts in WordPress without Plugin.

If you face any problem in finding the single.php file or in placing the code then you can surely contact us via comments below.

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How to Display Recent Posts in WordPress

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If you want that reader must stay up to maximum time on your website/blog then provide content as per their choice.

Earlier, to decrease the “bounce rate” of the blog I have written an article on “How to Display Related Posts in WordPress without Plugin” and now if the reader wants some fresh & recent articles then Display Recent Posts in WordPress.

Mostly, we Display Recent Posts in WordPress on the sidebar but there are other users who also want some change. In this article, we will show you the different ways to Display Recent Posts in WordPress.

Display Recent Posts in list format:

We know, the list format is mostly used in sidebars so if you want to display Recent Posts in a sidebar then put the following code in a template file (sidebar.php):

', ''); ?>

I have put the default no. posts at 10, if you want some less or more posts to display then change according to your requirement.

Display Recent Posts with Summary:

To give a small overview of the post to the reader, some people display Recent Posts with a title and a short description. For them, I have found two ways to display Recent Posts.

The First Way:

  • have_posts()) : $the_query -> the_post(); ?>
  • ”>
 

If you put the above code in a template file (sidebar.php) then you have to specify a short description of the post. So, you have to rewrite the excerpt as per the word limit.

So, here is the second way to display Recent Posts in WordPress. First, you have to download this Limit Post plugin and activate it. Once the plugin is activated then paste the following code in your theme files where you want to display Recent Posts.

  • have_posts()) : $the_query -> the_post(); ?>
  • ”>
 

Here I have put the description limit as 250 you can change according to your blog.

Display Recent Posts with Full Content:

If you want to display Recent Posts with Full Content then place the following code in your theme files:

  • have_posts()) : $the_query -> the_post(); ?>
  • ”>
 

Here also you can change the no. of posts.

I hope now you can Display Recent Posts in WordPress blog easily. If you face any difficulty in placing code then connect with via the comments section below.

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How To Use Google Advanced Image Search For Finding Royalty FREE Images

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Let us start with a simple question, what's the most common way that you use to find images? Most of the people just Google about the topic, save the images that they like and use them for their purpose.

Many people even put their own watermarks on the images they found on Google, well all these things are actually wrong you may have to pay a fine of almost 1000$ per image.

You never know that the image you downloaded from Google is copyrighted or not. Personally speaking, many of my fellow blogger friends have already faced an issue because of using copyrighted images.

Sometimes you may even have to shut your blog down.

You must be thinking that the best way is to generate the images yourself. Well, this is not the only solution, no doubt this is one of the best ways. I

n this article, I will be showing you How To Use Google Advanced Image Search For Finding Royalty FREE Images.

You must be wondering what do I exactly mean by Royalty free images, these are some images which are not acclaimed/copyrighted by any online firm or blog.

It means you guys can use these images in any way you want, no one will charge you even if you put on your own watermark on these images.

These images also prove to be pretty handy to the people who design flyers/posters for different firms and educational agencies.

So without any further delay lets get down to the main topic, below are given the steps using which you will easily be able to find some useful and royalty free images.

Follow the steps as listed below:-

  1. Google whichever topic that you want to search the image on and select the images tab.
  2. Now all the right you will see a gear icon, all you need to do is just click on that gear icon and go to advanced search.
  3. Now once you click on Advanced search, it will open up a completely new window in the same tab, here you will see a lot many setting, all you need to do is just simply scroll down to Usage Rights once you click on that it will open up a drop-down menu, from this drop-down menu select “Free to use and share even commercially “.
  4. Now once you have done this, without playing around with the other options, just go ahead and click on advanced search button which will be on the right side in blue colour.
  5. Once you click on the button it will take you back to the image window in the same tab, but this time all the images you see up there are completely royalty free and meant to be used in any way that you want to.
  6. So all good to go? you will now also get some additional features, for eg:- when you click on Labeled for reuse you will get several options and you select the one you feel the most suitable to you.

Hope this article helped you out, Keep stalking for more tricks 🙂

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