Are you trying to fix the ‘Error too many redirects’ issue on your WordPress website?
It is a common WordPress error that may be caused by a plugin or incorrect settings. However, it leaves users locked out of their WordPress websites, which makes it particularly troublesome.
In this article, we will show you how to easily fix the ‘Error too many redirects’ issue in WordPress. We will also cover how to regain access to your website and troubleshoot the error.
What Causes the ‘Error Too Many Redirects’ Issue in WordPress?
‘Error too many redirects’ is caused by a misconfigured redirection issue in WordPress.
As you might already know, WordPress has an SEO-friendly URL structure feature that uses the redirect function. Similarly, many popular WordPress plugins use this feature to set up temporary redirects, create permanent 301 redirects, and fix 404 errors.
This is how the ‘ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS’ message looks in Google Chrome.
However, this error doesn’t tell you what is causing the conflict and forcing the redirect loop in WordPress.
This is how the error looks in Firefox with the message ‘The page isn’t redirecting properly’.
That being said, let’s take a look at how to fix the error too many redirects issue in WordPress.
We will walk you through step-by-step troubleshooting, getting access to your WordPress site, and fixing the error from reoccurring.
If you’d prefer written instructions, just keep reading.
1. Clear Browser Cookies and Cache
A common cause of the error could be your web browser cookies. Try accessing your website using a different web browser, like Firefox, Safari, Opera, or Microsoft Edge.
If you are able to access your website normally using a different browser, then you need to clear browser cookies and cache in your regular browser.
We have a detailed guide on how to clear your browser cache in all major browsers that will help you do that.
On the other hand, if changing the browser doesn’t fix the issue, then you can move on to the next step.
2. Deactivate All WordPress Plugins
The most common cause of the WordPress redirect loops or ‘ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS’ is a plugin conflict. A plugin trying to set up a redirect in a way that conflicts with the default WordPress redirects can cause this error message.
To fix this, you need to deactivate all WordPress plugins on your website. Normally you can just go to the Plugins » All Plugins page in the WordPress admin area and deactivate plugins from there.
However, we are assuming that due to the redirect error, you may be unable to access the WordPress admin area.
Simply connect to your website using an FTP client and go to the /wp-content/ folder.
There you will find the plugins folder, which you need to rename to ‘plugins.deactivate’.
Doing this will deactivate all the WordPress plugins on your site.
Basically, WordPress looks for a folder called ‘plugins’ to load the plugin files. When it does not find the folder, it automatically disables the active plugins in the database.
Now you can try visiting your WordPress website. If you are able to log in to your WordPress admin area now, then this means one of the plugins was causing the error.
To figure out which plugin was the culprit, you need to switch back to the FTP client or File Manager app and rename your ‘plugins.deactivate’ folder back to ‘plugins’.
After that, switch to the WordPress admin area of your website and go to the Plugins » All Plugins page. From here, you can activate your plugins one by one, and then visit your website to see if you can reproduce the error.
Once you find the plugin that is causing the error, you can find an alternative to that plugin or report the issue to the plugin’s WordPress support forum.
3. Fix WordPress URLs
Another major cause of this error is a misconfiguration in WordPress URL settings. Normally, you can view these options on the Settings » General page.
For most websites, the URLs in the WordPress Address and Site Address fields must be the same. However, some users may end up using ‘www’ in one URL and a non-www URL in the other.
Since you might not have access to the WordPress admin area, you may need to fix the WordPress URLs using an FTP client or the File Manager app.
Simply connect to your WordPress site using an FTP client and go to /wp-content/themes/your-theme-folder/.
From here you need to locate the functions.php file and edit it using a plain text editor like Notepad or TextEdit.
Next, you need to add the following code at the bottom:
update_option( 'siteurl', 'https://example.com' ); update_option( 'home', 'https://example.com' );
Don’t forget to replace ‘https://example.com’ with your own site URLs. You can now save your changes and upload the file back to your website.
After that, try visiting your website to see if this resolves the error.
For more methods, see our tutorial on how to easily change WordPress URLs.
4. Reset WordPress .htaccess File
The .htaccess file is a special file that is used by the website server to manage redirects and other server settings. WordPress also uses this file for SEO friendly URLs and other redirects.
Sometimes WordPress plugins may make changes to your website’s .htaccess file, which can trigger this error. It is also possible that deactivating a plugin will not remove those changes form your .htaccess file.
In that case, you will need to manually reset your WordPress .htaccess file.
Again, you will need to access your website using an FTP client or the File Manager app in your hosting dashboard. Once connected, you will see the .htaccess file in the root folder of your website.
Note: If you cannot find your .htaccess file, then see our guide on how to find .htaccess file in WordPress.
First, you need to download a copy of your .htaccess file to your computer as a backup. After that, you can go ahead and delete the file from your website.
You can now try visiting your WordPress blog. If everything works normal, then this means your .htaccess file was causing the redirect error.
Now, since we deleted the .htaccess file, you will need to recreate it. Normally, your WordPress website can do it on its own. To make sure, just go to Settings » Permalinks page and click on the ‘Save changes’ button at the bottom.
5. Preventing Error Too Many Redirects in WordPress
Hopefully, the steps we just covered have fixed the redirect issue on your website. If they did not fix the problem, then you may need to talk to your WordPress hosting company to make sure that there is not a server issue.
Once they fix the issue on your site, you should also be able to figure out what caused it.
If it was a plugin, then you need to report the issue to the plugin’s support forum. See our guide on how to ask for WordPress support. However, if you are unable to get help, then you can always find an alternative plugin that does the same thing.
If the error was caused by a WordPress site misconfiguration, then you can make a note of it and ensure that your site settings are properly set up.
For more tips, see our detailed tutorial on how to troubleshoot WordPress issues on your own like a total WordPress pro.
We hope this article helped you resolve the error too many redirects issue on your website. You may also want to bookmark our ultimate handbook of common WordPress errors and check out our list of the best WordPress SEO plugins and tools.