Set Up WordPress Error Logs In Your WP-Config File

To set up WordPress error logs in your wp-config.php file, you just need to add a few lines of code to the file.

It’s a simple process, but as a best practice, you should always make a copy of your wp-config.php file before editing. That’s because even a small error in the file can make your site inaccessible.

Scroll down to the end of the file to the line that reads /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */

Right before this line, you might see the following line of code: define(‘WP_DEBUG’, false);

If you do, delete it then copy and paste the following lines of code:

 define( 'WP_DEBUG', true );

define( 'WP_DEBUG_LOG', true );

define( 'WP_DEBUG_DISPLAY', false );

@ini_set( 'display_errors', 0 );

Save your changes. Your site’s “debug mode” will now be turned on and all errors will be saved to a debug.log log file inside your /wp-content/ directory.

Errors and warnings will also be hidden on the front end of your site. By hiding these error and warning messages from your visitors, you’ll help ensure they have a seamless experience on your site.

Reviewing Your WordPress Error Logs

To review your error logs, navigate to your /wp-content/ folder in your File Manager. Locate the debug.log file.

This file will contain all WordPress errors, warnings, and notices that were logged. Note that you will only see this file if your site has encountered any errors.

At this point, you can attempt to fix the problem(s) on your own since the WordPress log can help you understand what’s causing the error by naming the element at fault. You can also reach out to WordPress support for help. Make sure to share the text from the error log, which will help the support rep understand the problem and provide you with a solution.

You’re all done now! With error logging automated on your site, you’ll be able to keep track of errors that occur on your site more easily. This monitoring can help you quickly resolve any issues before they damage your site’s reputation or your visitors’ experience.