WEBFI-WordPress-How to Fix the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress

The 403 Forbidden error is shown when your server permissions are not allowing you to visit a specific page. This can seem like a daunting error to fix but we’re here to show you some of the ways you can fix the 403 forbidden error in WordPress.


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Of the posibilities that could cause this would be one of your plugins causing this error. To fix this we will use FTP, if you do not know how to use FTP you would want to take a look at our article:

With FTP connected to your site you will want to rename your plugins folder to anything other than plugins to force the plugins to deactivate and once you log in you will be able to set the folder name back to plugins to return the deactivated plugins to your site.

If your issue was not from your plugins the next possibility would be your .htaccess file. If you do not see the file, ensure that you are displaying hidden and/or dot files in the FTP you are using to access your files. Rename the .htaccess and that shoudl allow you to visit the site if it was an issue with the .htaccess file.

Our final recommendation will be to edit the file permissions in case a plugin or your hosting provider changed the permissions. If you do not feel confident in attempting this step we would recommend reaching out to your hosting provider.

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  • Rabah Hamiti on January 7, 2019

    thank youu

  • Володя Горячев on January 28, 2019

    Followed you steps and now my site stop working whatsoever

  • AWNY jaradat on February 20, 2019

    i love you its work miullion thanx

  • Khara Arugay on April 27, 2019

    403 Forbidden
    Request forbidden by administrative rules. i've done everything but nothings happening. please help

  • Celina Ghazarian on May 3, 2019

    Hi, and thank you for your helpful tips! I have an issue which is so frustrating! Suddenly after getting a lot of site lockout notification emails, i saw my plugin section when I enter it shows all plugin but it is freezed, so i cant edit, add deactivate, push setting text, nothing is work there, how can i solve this appreciate your respond

  • Just Lavo on May 4, 2019

    Saved me tons of time, THANKS! :0)

  • Robin Ståhlberg on June 18, 2019

    What if I can visit my website but the shop part gets error 403?

    All files and maps have correct permission as well.

  • John Gonzalez on August 9, 2019

    I have that problem when I try to connect google analytics with Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights, in the last step when it tries to connect to the site data, it gives me the error 403 forbidden nginx/1.16.0

  • Dhiraj Saindane on December 13, 2019

    It's work …Thank u so much😘😘😘

  • Mohammed Mukarram Sultan on January 26, 2020

    should have warned that deactivating all the plugins can crash the website, thanks so much

  • Petar Josipovic on February 11, 2020

    I appreciate your help. Step 3 solved my problem!

  • Galahad Threepwood on March 28, 2020

    Thanks —.htaccess fixed it

  • Ernst on April 15, 2020

    all steps not work :/

  • Diwakar Dey on June 30, 2020

    what we will do when we change the name of .htaccess and the pages dont open up?

  • Saqib Malik on September 3, 2020

    I even can't access to websiteName/wp-admin

  • drdecker1 on September 22, 2020

    In the FileZilla mode you skipped over how to access the website files using the FTP software.

  • Waqas Ahmad on October 16, 2020

    No method is worked for me . I can open my wordpress dashboard

  • Latinbosstreet on October 30, 2020

    love youu managed to fix it! my case was the permissions!

  • eden on November 23, 2020

    i have that on my phone, how do i fix it? its on puffin web browsee

  • Saif ur Rehman on March 15, 2021

    where is working area how to open this you told the process

  • Rafat Sharosh Khan on May 18, 2021

    I was in the process of editing my new website in WordPress and using Elemento tools. I didn't publish my site. I left it that way to continue another time. I got Chrome update the next time I opened it. Suddendly I lost everything and couldn't login to WordPress for 2 days. Then I got access and found that everything is present and updated upto date. But I couldn't open any of it because of 403 forbidden. I was able to deactivate all my plugins from WordPress and nothing changed. I tried connecting my site in FireZilla and it too failed. I'm stuck here.

  • Jackie Hamilton on June 18, 2021

    wow great video

  • Hayfa Abusnina on August 14, 2021

    I did all steps still return 403

  • Umar farooq on August 27, 2021

    I tried all the 3 steps but still getting 403 forbidden error.

  • Play with vikki on November 12, 2021

    Amazing thanks

  • Habib Aroua on November 19, 2021

    Thank you for your Tutoriel , so could you show me the content of .htaccess file

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