Published on August 7, 2017 by WPBeginner

404 errors can pop up from time to time due to how complex WordPress is behind the scenes. These errors can make it seem like your site is completely gone but you don’t have to worry we have helped many users work through removing this error. In this video we will show you how to fix your WordPress posts returning the 404 error.

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Summary of this tutorial:

The first thing we can say when this happens is don’t panic this is something that can happen and is fixable.

The primary step for this will be to log in to your WordPress site and under Settings, Permalinks and pressing the save button again.

If that method did not work, we would recommend using a FTP program to be able to edit your site’s .htaccess file directly.

If you do no know what a FTP program is we would recommend taking a look at our article:

www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-use-ftp-to-upload-files-to-wordpress-for-beginners/

Download your site’s .htaccess file and open it to edit, we will add our recommended code snippet from the written article and save our changes.

With the changes saved you will now reupload the file, overwriting the old file with your changes.

You should now no longer have the 404 errors on your posts.

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Mac Town
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Mac Town
17 days 15 hours ago

ma'am you saved my life

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27 days 13 hours ago

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uzeir dalip
1 month 2 days ago

thanks worked for me 🙂

Mind Body Fit
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Mind Body Fit
1 month 12 days ago

Thank you for this. Often when updating a plugin it wipes out my blog page. Really disconcerting…

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1 month 11 days ago

It sounds like whichever plugins you are updating may be having major errors. You would likely want to look into creating a backup if that continues: www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/7-best-wordpress-backup-plugins-compared-pros-and-cons/

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Nate Sa
1 month 16 days ago

Hi, Thank you so much! Very useful video!

Tec Timmy
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Tec Timmy
1 month 19 days ago

Woo hoo! I'm back in business. 2nd method worked like a charm. Thank you.

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Infopedia Spark
2 months 1 day ago

Thanks

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ipartyatl
2 months 21 days ago

Awesome!

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C Music
2 months 21 days ago

best

Mitza Sb
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Mitza Sb
3 months 10 days ago

Thaaankkss!!! <3. you have a beer if you come to Sibiu,Romania. on me!

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