This article provides you with information on how to fix the 401 forbidden error in WordPress.

What Causes 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress?

  • 403 Forbidden error code is shown when your server permissions don’t allow access to a specific page. 
  • The most common cause for the 403 Forbidden error in WordPress is due to poorly configured security plugins.
  •  Many WordPress security plugins can block an IP address (or a whole range of IP addresses) if they believe them to be malicious.

Fixing 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress

  • First thing you need to do is to temporarily deactivate all WordPress plugins. This includes any security plugins that you may have installed on your site. If this resolves your problem, then this means one of the plugins on your website was causing this error.

  • Often the 403 error is caused by a corrupt .htaccess file in your WordPress site.  You can delete your htacess file to see if this resolves the issue.

  • 403 Forbidden Error can also be caused by File Permissions in WordPress.

  • Incorrect file permissions can cause 403 forbidden error. It makes your web server thinks that you do not have permission to access those files.
  • If the above two solutions do not solve the 403 forbidden error on your site, then incorrect file permissions can be the most likely cause.

  • The WordPress folder permissions must be set to 755 and files to 644