If you ever think about doing anything risky with your website, it's possible there are a few more precautions you can take to avoid the infamous white-screen-of-death.
These are the most common ways people crash their websites and where you should be extra careful:
- Messing around with the theme editor. Under Appearances > Editor, you have full access to your theme files. Making incorrect changes here is an easy way to cause a fatal error and bring your website down.
- Installing "bad" plugins. If you add a plugin that has a major conflict with your core files or simply isn't compatible with your current version of WordPress, you'll risk a significant error.
- Not renewing (and paying for) domains and hosting. If you're getting emails that your website will go down if you don't continue paying for your domain or hosting, you're running the risk of your site getting shut down.
- Making major changes to any files via File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Even one wrong keystroke here can crash your website, so be cautious when making any changes via FTP.
- Implementing Domain Name Server (DNS) changes yourself. Making a mistake here can cause your website to fail immediately if things aren't pointing where they're supposed to.
These are all easy ways to cause a fatal error. If you have any questions, why not ask your support team before making major changes so we can give you the green light?
But remember - if anything does go wrong, we're here to handle it.
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