10 Common WordPress Theme Errors & How To Fix Them

WordPress is one of the most common platforms out there. If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you likely know what it is. And also what kind of forums and blogs it is used for. Anyone who uses their Hughesnet packages to browse the web has probably come across it.

Some of us are also going to be familiar with what the platform can offer. If you are not, WordPress is a commonly used open-sourced content management platform. Developers use it to create blogs, forums, and even online stores.

If you’re having trouble with your WordPress themes, this blog can help. It will aim to cover the most common issues with WordPress themes. And also give you the easiest way to fix them. So if you like, you can bookmark the blog and use it again later.

10 Most Common WordPress Theme Errors (and How to Fix Them)

If you have installed a new WordPress theme, there could be some errors that can arise. Especially if you have installed the “multi-purpose” themes. They are more popular these days. But these errors are usually an easy fix. If you are a novice, these errors can be a little confusing. And in some cases overwhelming. But you will likely find an easy fix in this blog.

1.  All Changes are Lost After a Theme Update

2.  Style Changes Don’t Work

3.  Actions Have Stopped Working

4.  Images Don’t Work as They Should

5.  Menu Doesn’t Show Any Options

6.  404 Errors

7.  Issues With URLs

8.  Test Data Import Issues

9.  Missing Stylesheet

10.  Demo Looks Different

#1. All Changes are Lost After a Theme Update

This is one of the most common issues after theme update. If you have made changes to the .css template files you are likely to have this issue. That is why nobody recommends making changes to the original theme. If you have a backup of your website, it will be all right. Using FTP, you can restore your theme files to the original.  Your hosting services provider might also have a back. You can try contacting them as well.

In the future, try these hacks before making any changes:

  Maintain a changelog

  Maintain complete back-ups of your website

  Use a Child Theme Instead

  Use a Custom CSS Theme

#2. Style Changes Don’t Work

Are you are trying to personalize the theme and they disappear after a refresh? That is another common issue. And it has easy fixes. The most common fix for this is disabling your cache. There would likely be a plugin caching your CSS. If you disable it, your problem should be fixed. If not, here are some other things you can try:

  Using the WordPress Customizer remember to click ‘Save’ before your refresh

  For changing the background image, try uploading another image to test. The WordPress background dashboard might be having issues. Alternatively, you could also upload a 1px solid color and set it to repeat.

#3. Actions Have Stopped Working

Another common WordPress problem is that your slider won’t slide and tabs won’t work. It is likely because of a Java-script error. But this also has an easy fix. All you need to do is disable all of your plugins. Once they’re all disabled, clear all your cache. Now you test by activating plugins one by one. After every activation, check if they are working. If they stop after a certain activation, you know which plugin is the problem.

#4. Images Don’t Work as They Should

Older WordPress versions didn’t have featured image support. So the way to do it was to use custom fields or meta options. If you have shifted to a newer version of WordPress you can use plugins like Easy Add Thumbnail. This will let you add images to posts easily.

#5. Menu Doesn’t Show Any Options

Blank menus are common after installing a new theme. The easy fix is that you need to head into the menu setup through the appearance tab. Once there, make sure that the menu location is assigned. Some themes will have just one menu location, others will have multiple. You simply need to check the box corresponding to the desired location.

#6. 404 Errors

Sometimes after installing a new theme, your posts can show a 404 error. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your posts are gone. It is likelier that you need to update your permalink settings. That should fix the problem. Go into Permalinks in the settings tab and click on Save.

#7. Issues With URLs

Usually, URL issues occur when you’re trying to use them for SEO purposes. You can select your desired URL format from a preset list. You can find it in the Permalinks tab in the Settings menu.

#8. Test Data Import Issues

After you have installed your theme, you might get an error with uploading files. The most common error is that you are trying to import to custom post types. Those custom post type might not exist. To fix the issue, first, check if the theme is active. If it is, then make sure it includes the custom post types.

#9. Missing Stylesheet

If you are trying to install a new theme and the error shows that style.css stylesheet is missing then you likely didn’t upload the root theme folder. Locate the folder in the theme pack and upload the zipped version via WordPress. Or you can upload the unzipped file using FTP. Either way, the installation should complete without any glitches.

#10. Demo Looks Different

Sometimes your theme looks different than it did in the demo. It could be because your reading settings are wrong. It means that your theme could need the opposite home page settings that are currently set. You can fix this by going into the Settings menu and clicking on the Reading tab. Select between Your Latest Posts and A static Page. Select the opposite of whichever is currently selected. That should fix the issue.


WordPress is one of the most common platforms in use today. But it is prone to issues unless you use it regularly. If your issue was not mentioned in the blog, try contacting support. Like you would contact Hughesnet customer support for any service related issues. Contact WordPress support and they will be able to assist you with your issue.