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What Is the ‘403 Forbidden’ Error and How to Fix It

What Is the ‘403 Forbidden’ Error and How to Fix It

The ‘403 Forbidden’ error or ‘HTTP error 403 – Forbidden’ means that access to the file or folder you are trying to open has been denied, either on purpose or due to a misconfiguration. Here are the most effective ways to troubleshoot the issue.

Reset file permissions

First, try to fix the permissions of your files by going to your SiteGround Client Area > Websites > Site Tools next to the desired website. Then, go to WordPress > Install & Manage > Actions > Reset Permissions.

Check the .htaccess file

If the issue persists, log into your SiteGround Client Area > Websites > Site Tools next to the desired website. Then, go to Site > File Manager > root directory (public_html) and navigate to the .htaccess file.

Right-click on the .htaccess file and Rename it to ‘.htaccess_old’ so that WordPress can’t find it, then click Confirm.

Note that renaming your .htaccess file will make all custom modifications you might have there non-functional.

Reload your website to see if it is already working correctly. If it is, then you need to rebuild your permalinks. Go to your WordPress dashboard > Settings > Permalinks > click on the Save Changes button without making any changes.

Search for conflicting plugins

If the problem still occurs, try to disable your plugins from the database or via your WordPress dashboard. Follow the instructions in this article in order to disable them directly from the database.

To disable your plugins through the dashboard, log into your WordPress admin dashboard > Plugins > Deactivate. Reload your website after disabling each plugin to check which one is causing the error.

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