How to Fix the Failed to Load Resource Error in WordPress?

How to Fix the Failed to Load Resource Error in WordPress?

WordPress is known for its simplicity and responsiveness. But at times, you will find a file or resource fails to load. If you’re seeing this error for the first time, you won’t be able to grasp why the error occurs in the first place. In this article, we explain in detail how to fix the “Failed to Load Resources” error in WordPress.

What I Get this Error?

First look at why this error occurs in the first place.

Your WordPress website consists of various individual files. When loading a page, the WP system loads the necessary files on the user’s browser.

At times, some of the files will not load as intended. So the browser will display a blank page. When you look into the browser’s inspect tool, you’ll notice the “Failed to Load Resource” error.

Here are some of the error messages you might get:
  • Failed to load resource net::ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED
  • Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 404 (Not Found)
  • Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 500 (Internal Server Error)
  • Failed to load resource: net::err_name_not_resolved
It’s only the specific file that doesn’t load. Rest of the files load perfectly fine. So the web page might not look or behave the way you expect.

How to Fix this Error?

There are two ways you can fix this error.
  • Try Replacing the Missing Resource
The best solution to this problem is replace the resource that’s missing. But first you need to make sure that the failed resource isn’t there in the media library.

So navigate into the media library and ensure it isn’t there. If the resource is there, then edit it and add it back. If not, upload the resource and add it to the library.

In cases where you see broken images or empty boxes, then check for the file permission and fix accordingly.
  • Replace Either the Theme or Plugin file
The other way to fix this error is to replace the theme or the plugin file. Use this method when you realize that the missing resource is the WP plugin itself.

For the missing theme, you’d have to deactivate the WordPress theme you’re using currently. You can do so by going into Appearance >> Themes.

If there’s another theme installed, then you can activate that, which would automatically deactivate the first theme.

If a Plugin is missing, then consider reinstalling the plugin.

You can also use FTP. Connect to your WP hosting account using an FTP software and replace a specific file.
  • Fixing the WordPress URL to Avoid Failed Resource Error
Another common cause of this error is the incorrect WordPress URL settings.

To fix the URL, you need to navigate into Settings >> General and look for two options, which are:
  • WordPress Address
  • Site Address
You need to make sure that both the URLs are correct and they share the same URL.

Also, if you’re using SSL on your website, then the URL should begin with HTTPS instead of HTTP.

Once done, save the changes made.

So that’s how you fix the “Failed to load resource” error in WordPress.
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