On WordPress, parse errors or syntax error might seems somehow frightening and terrifying to you, but it is one inevitable event or step in understanding coding or syntax in your website building and managing experience.
Do you experience this after you just installed a theme, plugin, or added a single line of code to a file in your theme, albeit for good reason? Uh! Stop worrying. You are just a minute or so out to combat it yourself.
“Parse error: syntax error, unexpected…” .
These errors occur when the PHP code can’t start or finish being parsed for one reason or another. It could be that the file or database is missing, corrupt or broken , your version of PHP isn’t compatible with WordPress, your file permissions aren’t set correctly, your server ran out of PHP memory or there’s a structural error in the code.
Understanding each error
Syntax error, Unexpected error or undefined constant error? Which one just occurred on my WordPress site now?
The syntax error highlight to you that there are error in usage or quotes, semicolon, curly brackets or wrong appearance. While Unexpected error notify you of incorrect placement of tags, closing or opening tags. Also, undefined constant error tells that a character is missing in an array, when referencing a variable or other possible case.
Why Syntax Error in WordPress occurs?
If you add any invalid code to a .php file then an error will display on the Screen. This displayed error is called as Syntax Error or Parse Error Syntax Error in WordPress. That is, the server find it difficult to interpret the code you've added.
If the user trying to do something new on your WordPress site, then this “Parse error: syntax error, unexpected end of file in ... on line ...” error will display on the screen. Don’t worry too much about it. You are not the first one who got the Parse Error syntax error in WordPress, and you are not the last one. In this article, you know how to fix the WordPress unexpected syntax error. In our website, you can also find solutions for different types of WordPress Theme Errors .
How to know affected file
Fortunately, there is a superb approach towards understanding what and where such an error lies in your lengthy syntax file. Mere looking straight to the exact parse error syntax error page, the answer to your question is answered.
On the error screen, you will see an all white screen with words written in black letters which inform you what happened, where it happened and what might cause it.
Parse error: Syntax error shows that it is an error occurred by user coding mistake; The “unexpected ‘.’,” - Unexpected $end - shows something you didn’t close properly; the exact file path where the error occurred will be shown to you giving you hint as to the actual file name you'd tampered with and progresses to tell the line affecting the syntax.
How to fix Syntax Error
Now, open your WordPress site wp-content folder from Root Directory via FTP. Navigate to the filename you want to correct or fix it's syntax (the name of the file with the line number where the exactly parse error syntax error occurred) following the following processes:
- Download the file which is responsible for the error.
- Open the file with text editor.
- Correct the error code or delete that code from the file.
- After code modification done, save the file.
- Now, upload the file where it is downloaded from.
- The old file will be overwritten by this new file.
- Open your WordPress Site and refresh it.
- Finally, your site will work properly.
To find your theme file using your FTP app go to wp-content > themes > name of theme > name of file (e.g file.php
Tips to mind
Errors are usually caused by missing commas, placing code on the wrong side of a curly bracket, or even placing the code within the wrong file. I’ve done all of these myself and it’s extremely easy to do.
To avoid likely troubles in your syntax, it is quiet sacrosanct that you take note of punctuation marks as used in syntax, know the opening and closing tags and where to put them.
Make sure there’s only one opening ( <?php ) and closing tag ( ?> ) per document
Look for opening and closing tags in the middle of a file
If you add code, be sure it’s included before a closing tag and not after it
Add code shouldn’t be inserted in between a function
Check for functions that are broken up by other ones
And that's how you can fix and avoid syntax error on WordPress. Equally, you have learned the causes and how to battle it out.