Trying to fix ‘Too many redirect errors’ on your WordPress website? It is a common WordPress error that can be caused by a plugin or incorrect settings. However, it leaves users locked into WordPress websites, which makes it particularly troublesome.
In this article, we will show you how to easily fix the ‘Error too many redirect errors’ issue in WordPress. We will also cover how to access your website again and how to fix the error.
What Causes 'Too Many Redirect Errors' in WordPress?
The ‘error too many redirects’ is caused by a misconfigured redirect issue in WordPress. As you know, WordPress has an SEO friendly URL structure feature that uses the redirect function. Similarly, many popular WordPress plugins use this feature to set up temporary redirects, create permanent 301 redirects, and fix 404 errors.
If you are using a plugin or a WordPress caching plugin to fix SSL insecure content issue, it can also affect redirects and cause a lot of redirect errors.
This is what the ‘ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS’ message looks like in Google Chrome.
However, this error does not tell you what is causing the conflict and forcing a redirect loop in WordPress. This is how the error appears in Firefox with the message ‘Page is not redirecting properly’.
That said, let’s take a look at how to fix too many redirect issues in WordPress. We’ll walk you through step-by-step troubleshooting, gaining access to your WordPress site, and preventing the error from reoccurring.
Clear Browser Cookies and Cache
A common cause of the error could be your web browser’s cookies. Try accessing your website using a different web browser such as Firefox, Safari, Opera or Microsoft Edge. If you can normally access your website using a different browser, you should clear the browser cookies and cache in your regular browser.
Disable All WordPress Plugins
The most common cause of WordPress redirect loops or ‘ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS’ is a plugin conflict. A plugin trying to set up a redirect that conflicts with default WordPress redirects can cause this error message.
To fix this, you need to disable all WordPress plugins on your website. Normally you can go to Plugins » All Plugins page in WordPress admin area and disable plugins from there.
However, we assume that you may not be able to access the WordPress admin area due to a redirect error. In this case, you need to disable WordPress plugins using an FTP client or the File Manager app in your WordPress hosting control panel.
Fix WordPress URLs
Another major cause of this error is a misconfiguration in WordPress URL settings. Normally, you can view these options in Settings » General page.
For most websites, the URLs in the WordPress Address and Site Address fields should be the same. However, some users may use a ‘www’ URL on one URL and a non-www URL on the other.
You may need to fix WordPress URLs using an FTP client or File Manager app, as you may not have access to the WordPress admin area.
Reset WordPress .htaccess File
The .htaccess file is a special file used by the website server to manage redirects and other server settings. WordPress also uses this file for SEO friendly URLs and other redirects. Sometimes WordPress plugins make changes to your website’s .htaccess file that can trigger this error. It is also possible that disabling a plugin does not remove these changes to your .htaccess file.
In this case, you will need to manually reset your WordPress .htaccess file. Again, you will need to access your website using an FTP client or File Manager app on your hosting dashboard. Once connected, you will see the .htaccess file in the root folder of your website.
First of all, you need to download a copy of your .htaccess file to your computer as a backup. After that you can go ahead and delete the file from your website.
You can now try visiting your WordPress blog. If everything works normally, that means your .htaccess file is causing a redirect error.
Now, since we deleted the .htaccess file, you will need to recreate it. Normally, your WordPress website can do this on its own. To be sure, go to Settings » Permalinks page and click the ‘Save changes’ button at the bottom.
How to Avoid Too Many Redirect Errors in WordPress
We hope the steps we just covered have resolved the redirect issue on your website. If they haven’t fixed the issue, you may need to talk to your WordPress hosting company to make sure it’s not a server issue.
Once you’ve fixed the problem on your site, you should also be able to figure out what’s causing it.
If this is a plugin, you should report the problem to the plugin’s support forum. See our guide on how to request WordPress support. But if you can’t get help, you can always find an alternative plugin that does the same thing.
If the error is due to a misconfiguration of a WordPress site, you can make a note of it and make sure your site settings are correct.
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