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How To Fix The Dreaded WordPress ‘Error Establishing a Database Connection’

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably just encountered the dreaded “Error establishing a database connection” (EEDC). As a WordPress website owner, seeing a blank screen with an error message is one of your worst nightmares.

At the moment, you’re most likely panicking and trying to understand what went wrong, but rest assured because we can help you fix it.

The EEDC is fairly common and typically a quick fix.

The most frustrating part about this error is that you may have encountered it even though you didn’t make any modifications to your site. In this blog we’ll walk you through the possible causes of the error and we’ll explain a few possible solutions.

Why am I seeing this error?

Website errors are inevitable, some are worse than others and some may be out of your control. Sometimes systems break; other times you may have accidentally triggered the error.

Your website will return the “EEDC” error when WordPress cannot access your MySQL database.

The reasons why WordPress cannot connect to your database may be one of the following:

Avoiding this Error in the Future

There is no guaranteed way to make your website 100% fail-proof. However, to minimize the likelihood of encountering website errors, we encourage you to work with a quality web hosting provider and backup your data regularly.

A best practice in WordPress is to install a security plugin that automatically runs tests on a regular basis, keeping you informed about the status of your website.

Jonathan Besquin Author

As a Marketing Manager at Seamgen and an experienced writer, Jonathan loves to create content about the latest tech trends and technologies.

Whenever he is not creating content, he is reading books by the beach or off-the-grid on his next camping trip. For any of your software design and development needs, feel free to contact for a free consultation!

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