Enabling WP_Debug In WordPress

WP_Debug is a constant that when enabled will display any PHP errors on the front-end of your site,¬†this is the most useful tool when troubleshooting your site for errors. If disabled and your site has an error you may see a blank screen or content missing on the site but no error message, that makes it nearly impossible to figure out the problem. Personally I keep WP_Debug enabled on all my sites so if I install a new plugin or update a theme I’ll know right away if there are any errors and be able to contact the developer to fix them or fix them myself.

Important: This is an advanced procedure so please proceed¬†with caution, if you don’t know what you are doing, please contact your webhost for assistance.

How To Enable WP_Debug in WordPress

Below are the steps required to enable WP_Debug for your WordPress installation.

  1. Access your website’s root folder via FTP or SFTP
  2. Locate the wp-config.php file
  3. Open this file in a text editor (I prefer sublime text)
  4. Search for “WP_Debug” and if you find it set the value to true if currently set to false
  5. If you didn’t locate “WP_Debug” scroll down near the bottom of the file and add the following code right before the line that says “# That’s It. Pencils down”
define( 'WP_DEBUG', true );

When it’s done and saved it should look like this:

wp-debug