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How to Fix a 403 Forbidden Error on Your WordPress Site

Hey, Are you Seeing an error on your WordPress site can be frustrating and deflating? Here is a detailed guide in two steps to fix this error 🙂

The 403 Forbidden error in WordPress typically occurs when there are incorrect permissions set for certain files or directories, or when there are configuration issues on the server. Here are a few steps you can take to try and fix this issue:

The two most likely causes of the 403 Forbidden Error on WordPress are:


Disable Plugins and Themes:

Sometimes, a conflict with a plugin or theme can cause the 403 error. Temporarily deactivate all your plugins and switch to a default WordPress theme like Twenty Twenty-One. If the error is gone, then you can activate the plugins and themes one by one to identify the one causing the issue.

  Corrupt .htaccess file :

The .htaccess the file is a basic configuration file used by the Apache web server. You can use it to set up redirects, restrict access to all or some of your sites, etc.

  1. Login to Cpanel And navigate file manager

  2. Find the .htaccess file in the root folder or Public_html 

  3. Download a copy of the file to your computer (it’s always a good idea to have a backup just in case 🙂

  4. Delete the .htaccess file from your server Or The .htaccess file in your WordPress installation could be causing the 403 error. Rename your existing .htaccess file to something like “.htaccess_backup” and try accessing your website again.





If the error disappears, you can generate a new .htaccess file by navigating to Settings -> Permalinks in your WordPress dashboard and clicking the “Save Changes” button. 

  • Go to Settings → Permalinks in your WordPress dashboard
  • Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page



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