How to Fix the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress


WordPress always shows many codes and messages whenever you face errors on your sites. There are many errors which people face whenever any fault or a bug occurs. Also, people get panic whenever they find the 403 forbidden error in their WordPress websites.

In the case of beginners, they become helpless when they got this type of message on their WordPress website. But here you can easily find how to fix this 403 forbidden error in on time.

You have another option of getting WordPress help from our technical support team. You just need to dial our toll-free helpline +1 844 897 0441.

What is 403 forbidden error in WordPress?

Before we go deeper and try to fix the 403 forbidden error, let’s first know what it actually is. 403 forbidden error is an HTTP status code.  When you see this message, you are trying to reach or access to a  forbidden website or an address.

Here are examples of some these errors that are commonly thrown:

  1. Incorrect settings in .htaccess file
  2. 403 plugin error
  3. Incorrect file or folder permission

Causes of 403 forbidden error in WordPress:

This is disturbing to get a 403 error message in the middle of development.  The simple reason is why we are facing this error is because you are trying to access something that you don’t have the permission to. 403 forbidden error message for your website that you don’t have the permission to proceed further.

This error is basically due to:

  • Incorrect file or folder permission
  • Wrong entries in the .htaccess file
  • Incompatible plugins
  • Directory index settings

Fixing 403 forbidden error in WordPress:

Before doing anything, we advise that you create a complete WordPress backup of your website. It helps you to save your data for further use.

Fixing .htaccess file error

This is the file remains hidden in the project directory.Usually, you don’t have the knowledge of .htaccess file.

Firstly, you need to connect with your website through a file manager or an FTP client in cPanel.Next, find the .htaccess file in the root folder of your WordPress website.delete it.Now, try  to accessing your WordPress website if 403 forbidden error message was resolved then it means that your .htaccess file was corrupted.

Fixing 403 plugin error

The chances are high that the error was thrown due to an incompatible or faulty plugin. whether it fixes this 403 forbidden error or not. Now we will try to disable all the plugins to see . You have to disable all the required plugins at once instead of disabling them one by one. By following below step, you become able to find the problems and work towards a solution.

Fixing incorrect file or folder permission

There are many files in  WordPress websites that granting permissions regarding access. But, if there is a no permission, then the server will show the 403 forbidden error to you saying that you have not the permission to access. this.

You have to make a request for hosting provider jst to check the file permissions, in order to solve this error. For this, anyone asks you to get the help of costly hosting providers.

On the other way, you can also correct these file permissions by following these steps. First, you need to connect to WordPress website through FTP client system. Now. check all the files that are present in the root folder and also find the file permission with the right click option.

These are the below settings which you have to make in your file attribute for file and folders to make them error relief:

File:- file permission of 744 or 755
Folder:- folder permission 644 or 640

Now It is important to make the folder and file permissions according to the values shown above to troubleshoot this error.

Set this range and check into applying this to directories. On the other hand if you one save these settings by clicking on the ok button then all your subdirectories are set by the FTP client.

Now finally if you able to access your website, it means that you will not in any problem with the 403 forbidden error anymore.

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