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How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress

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’ll 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.

Fixing too many redirects error in WordPress

What Causes The Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress?

The ‘Error too many redirects’ is caused by a misconfigured redirection issue in WordPress.

As you know that WordPress uses an SEO-friendly URL structure feature that uses the redirect function.

Similarly, many popular WordPress plugins use this feature to set up temporary redirects, permanent 301 redirects, and for fixing the 404 errors.

If you are using a plugin to fix the SSL insecure content issue or a WordPress caching plugin, then they may also affect redirects and cause this error.

Error Too Many Redirects in Google Chrome

However, this error doesn’t tell you what’s 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’.

Too many redirects error in Firefox

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.

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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, Microsoft Edge, etc.

If you are able to access your website normally using a different browser, then you need to clear browser cookies and cache on your regular browser.

Clear cookies and cache in Google chrome

We have a detailed guide on how to clear 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 ‘Too many redirects’ issue is a plugin conflict. A plugin trying to set up a redirect in a way that conflicts with default WordPress redirects would end up causing this error.

To fix this, you need to deactivate all WordPress plugins on your website. Now, normally you can just go to Plugins » All Plugins page inside the WordPress admin area and deactivate plugins from there.

Deactivate all plugins

However, we are assuming that due to the redirect error you may not be able to access the WordPress admin area.

In that case, you will need to deactivate WordPress plugins using an FTP client, or the File Manager app in your WordPress hosting control panel.

Simply connect to your website using an FTP client and go to the /wp-content/ folder.

Renaming the plugins folder using FTP

There you’ll find the plugins folder, which you need to rename to ‘plugins.deactivate’ which will deactivate WordPress plugins.

Renamed plugins folder

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 login 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 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 under Settings » General page.

WordPress URL settings

For most websites, the URLs in the WordPress Address and Site Address field have to be the same. However, some users may end up using www in one URL and non-www URL in the other.

Since you may 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/.

Edit functions.php file

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, you can 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 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 may trigger this error. It is also possible that dectivating a plugin will not remove those changes form your .htaccess file.

In that case, you’ll 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’ll see the .htaccess file in the root folder of your website.

Editing .htaccess file via FTP

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, and if everything works normal, then this means your .htaccess file was causing the redirect error.

Now, since we deleted the .htaccess file you need to recreate it. Normally, your WordPress website can do it on its own but to make sure you can go to Settings » Permalinks page and click on the ‘Save changes’ button at the bottom.

Refresh permalinks to create .htaccess file

5. Preventing Error Too Many Redirects in WordPress

Hopefully, the above mentioned steps would have fixed the redirect issue on your website. If they did not fix the issue, then you may need to talk to your WordPress hosting company to make sure that it is not due to a server issue.

Once they fix the issue on your site, you should also figure out what caused the issue.

If it was a plugin, then you need to report the issue to 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.

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  1. I’ve tried all the suggested solutions but unfortunately none of them seem to work for me. The last thing I remember doing on the cPanel was to use the Backup wizard to take a full backup of the site. After that I’m assuming, the too many redirects error started showing up. I don’t even have access to the admin panel now. Could that in any way be linked to this problem?

    Here’s what I’ve done so far:
    1) I added those lines of code to the wp-config.php file with and without www
    2) I deleted 2 .htaccess files, one in the root directory and another in the wp-content folder, one by one
    3) I renamed the plugins folder to deactivate it
    4) I downloaded the backup file from the root directory and deleted it from the server
    4) I ran through all the comments scanning for a possible fix, but to no avail

    Any assistance in any way would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks!

  2. In my case the culprit was a redirect plugin that had a feature (which I don’t remember turning on, so it may have been done automatically during a version update) that monitors changes in page URLs and creates automatic redirects. The idea behind it is, if you had a page that you originally created under Category A, then moved it to Category B, the plugin would automatically create a HTTP 301 redirect from /category_a/slug to /category_b/slug. Except it isn’t smart enough to delete that redirect if you subsequently decided to move the page back to Category A and would stupidly create a second redirect from /category_b/slug to /category_a/slug. This would create an infinite redirect loop.

    My solution to this idiocy was to disable the auto-redirect feature.

  3. My website is running fine no problem with that i have edited .htaccess file also the code you provided but still this problem exist

  4. I have deactivated all plugins (folder name changed in wp-content) but still unable to login into admin area error is same that ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS please suggest me I am trying to resolve this I can’t publish my articles since 2 days

  5. I found out that there are two .htaccess files, one in www folder and other www/wp-admin folder. I also discovered that I had security enable where the admin folder was only allowed from a specific IP. My DSL provider changed my outbound IP at sometime and start causing me “redirect” issues. Once I add the new IP into www/wp-admin/.htaccess file, I was able to see my admin login page.

  6. I deleted the .htaccess file but a new one has not generated. Is there something I need to do to generate the new .htaccess file?

    • After deleting the .htaccess file, you need to log in to your admin area, go to Settings -> Permalinks, select the appropriate url choice you prefer, then hit Save. A new .htaccess file will be generated for you.

  7. After trying all the solutions suggested above without success. I stumbled upon a solution, my wp-admin folder was inside a cgi-bin folder, I don’t know how the folder was create, I copied my wp-admin folder to the main folder and deleted the cgi-bin folder.

    Thanks all

  8. Please happened to me the same problem on a link to the Control Panel( wp-admin) and you just experimenting with the second solution did not succeed with me

  9. I have infinite loop redirection when I change in settigns->general
    http://example.com to https://example.com , I think this means that there is some redirection from https to http, but I cannot find it, as far as I know I dont have plugins that redirect from https to http, but I think this is a standard feature of worpdress, how can I turn it off?
    Thanks.

    • Hi Romas,

      No it is not a WordPress feature. If you do not have SSL installed on your site then you need to use http:// in both site address and WordPress address fields on Settings -> General page.

      Admin

  10. My solution: when I noticed that none of the above solutions worked, I realized that each time the only way I was able to successfully get to mydomain/wp-admin was to go to GoDaddy cPanel, Installatron, My Applications and click on the link for mydomain.com/wp-admin
    So I right-clicked on that link and pasted it to the Bookmark property. When I did that the path was really long and not the expected mydomain.com/wp-admin
    GoDaddy was doing a lot more than that to get me in.
    Once I updated the Bookmark with the right path I now have a one click solution to get me to Admin level.

  11. 466/5000
    The same thing is happening to me. I was unable to access the administrator when the Polylang add-in is active.

    I have used the method of deactivating the polylang folder (wp-content / plugins / polylang) by ftp, changing its name to “polylang_backup” so that it at least enters the dashboard.

    But I need it to work with the activated polylang. We have a lot of content with the customer already translated.

    * I noticed this happened when I cleared the cache

    Please help

  12. Thank you for your tutorial. I recently moved my website to https but I realized it put a lot of cpu load on the server so I decided to change it back to http after 3 days. I received the too many redirects error but I was able to fix it following your tutorial and clearing cookies.
    My problem is, the people who visited the https version of my website are getting too many redirect errors and some do not know that they should clear their cookies. Is there any way I can do something on the server side so they won’t get redirect errors?
    Kind regards

  13. Hello wp beginner
    My website was not opening with non www version so i have done some changes like domain forwarding to my own domain (i really don’t know what i was doing). But now i am facing problem. My website has too many redirect loop error. Please help me how to solve this error. It’s very important for me
    Thanks!

    • Hi Akash,

      First, you need to undo the changes you made to your website like domain forwarding. Next you need to contact your WordPress hosting provider. Some WordPress hosting providers configure their servers in a way that allows you to automatically redirect users from non-www to www URL and vice-versa. Choose the one and then stick to it and don’t forget to enter your prefered URL in WordPress settings.

      Admin

  14. I had this problem after I changed a setting in PLESK. In “hosting settings”. I set “preferred domain” to instead of and couldnt reach my wordpress anymore.

  15. How Blessed & pleasant Today is!
    It took me 51 days to solve all these problems.
    My site problems started with “Error establishing Database Connection”.
    I visited many web forums for help but to no avail, until I changed my host.
    The new host did all they could then my admin back end started working. My site started another error ” Internal Server Error” and this was solved after googling for solution. Then the third error started “Too many redirection”.

    I read this post and did all prescribed solutions, also to no avail. I Continued reading the comments until I came across SARAH HAYES comment. Guess what?
    A single capitalLetter that I used in my domain name caused the error.

    This is what I did:
    I replaced myDomainName.com with mydomainname.com in my wordpress database and my wp-config.php file and the problem was solved immediately.

    What a painful lesson to learn. NEVER USE CAPITAL LETTERS FOR DOMAIN NAMES in your website settings and files.
    always use small letters all through.
    Thanks everyone for sharing.

  16. I plugged one last time. I read this article and unplugged. My problem is solved. Thanks for your article.

  17. I haven’t been able to access Network Admin after installing Multisite with localhost. Since I don’t yet have a site URL, is adding the below lines to my wp-config.php file even a possible solution? What would I put in place of the URL? Any insight into this would be much appreciated. :)

    define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com’);

  18. Hey there apparently the wooCommerce plugin did that problem for me and i deactivated it.. but i need a plugin to put in my store… any suggestions ?

  19. Hi there,

    I want to share my solution. I had the same issue and I was searching for a hole day to fix that. I had tried all of the solutions above, but nothing worked for me. For me it has something to do with my hoster.

    After I deactivated my ssl certificate it workt again. So I dug deeper and find the reason. The ssl certifacation was for my domain without “www”. After I activated ssl again and changed this lines in wp-config, everythink worket again:

    FROM
    define(‘WP_HOME’,’https://www.example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’https://www.example.com’);

    TO (without www)
    define(‘WP_HOME’,’https://example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’https://example.com’);

    I hope I could help somebody with the same problem.

    Thanks for that article, it brings me on the right way.

  20. hey man , I am getting redirect error from last day . can you please help me out , actually when i am searching from google search engine , this error occurs , i have tried the steps as mentioned above but it doesn’t work for me .
    you can also search punjab police physical details , it will not open first time , and when refreshed again it will open .
    Can you please help me out .

  21. on which line should i add
    define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com’); am using atom editor.

      • This is the message it shows in my browser, Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘:’ in /hermes/bosnaweb10a/b2702/ipg.villsmed/public_html/kob/Freestyle/wp-config.php on line 83. Thanks for your coperation

        • The error means that there is an extra colon : in your wp-config.php file’s code at line 83. You need to edit that file using an FTP client, and go to the line 83. The code on that line has a misplaced or unwanted colon.

  22. Thank you so much – I’m glad i found this. I was able to fix the error after being on hold on support for 2 hours with my host who had no idea!! :) Kudos to you.

  23. Hi,

    Can you help me out with this redirection issue?

    My Site Address is example.com/some-page.php and wordpress url is example.com/some-page/
    Now google sees both as different pages. So I want to redirect some-page.php to /some-page/
    How am i supposed to do it?
    I used 301 redirection but it gives Redirect Loop Problem error.
    Any help would be highly appreciated.

    • Connect to your website using an FTP client. Locate the .php file and download it to your computer as a backup. Once you have it on your computer, you can safely delete it from your server. Your redirects should work fine now.

      Admin

  24. Even i had a same issue “redirected too many times” on all web browsers.The issue was because of “WC Vendors”. I deactivated this plugin after that my site is working perfectly. So deactivate “WC Vendors” everything will be fine..

  25. I had this issues and I did everythign that was listed above and still had redirect issuses. The problem was the use of capitals.

  26. Anyone had the issue during localhost development? I had indeed recently updated plugins, however moving all plugin folders to the trash didn’t help. I do have access to the database: If I add the suggested language to the wp-config.php file,wp-options then shows a “fatal Javascript error”. Further suggestions? The www idea isn’t relevant on localhost (I use the #s url, not localhost: language)

  27. Thanks for the post. My client’s site had this issue and it was caused by a plugin called the “Verve SSL” which alters the https and http URL settings. I deactivated it and no longer got this error. Now we will have to work with our host to troubleshoot further as I don’t know if this is a required plugin for my client’s HTTPS site.

  28. Thank you. Been searching for hours to work out why pretty links weren’t working and my site had crashed.
    Simple fix
    define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com’);

    • Hello Matthew

      It seems a very clever fix – thank you for sharing
      However for us the landlubbers – would you be so kind to add only couple of lines to explain, what is exactly you have done and it fixed the issue??

      Many Many Thanks

  29. Hello Everyone, I had the same issue (Too many redirects) and I wanted to share my solution.

    I have an intranet with a custom made theme.

    The issue started when I changed the Front End template in Reading Settings, from Your latest post to a Static page. I switched back to Latest Post and it worked.

    I didn’t notice it right away because I was logged in all the time. I only saw it when I tried to log back in. But I had made so many changes that I didn’t know what was the problem right away, leading me to this great post! :)

    • I have been trying to fix my site for days and nothing worked! I just read your comment and tried it. BAM! Working! Thanks so much for posting this!!!

      • Hi Laura, I’m glad it helped.

        It turned out that I was using the wp_redirect( home_url() ) function in my index.php, which generated the home_url() so it redirected back to that same page, which will cause and infinite redirect loop.

        I ended up removing that line of code from the index.php and using the static page as the home page. If the user is not logged in, instead of redirecting it simply displays the login form.

      • Hi Dave, I’m glad it worked for you. Did you remove the wp_redirect() function from your index.php or did you change your front page displays in your settings?

  30. Hi, I had a redirect issue on chrome after changing a setting in my custom permalink. Deleting the .htaccess file for the server to regenerate it fixed the problem. Thank you.

  31. Hi guys,

    recently I installed WordPress and Travelo – Travel and Booking Theme. Everything worked smoothly from the beginning. Then too_many_redirects issue occured on my screen. I have an access to my WordPress Admin Panel. Everything is set well (site url, wordpress url), my permalinks are set on Day and name. I deactivated all plugins, deleted .htaccess file, contacted my host provider (they were nice and trying to help me) and we found out that Travelo theme causing the issue. Everytime I activate Travelo the issue occures. When I change the theme everything is in perfect shape. I concacted Soap Theme Support and waiting for their solution. If you guys have an idea how to fix it, please let me know. Thanks.

    • hi @Martin!
      I’ve had same issue tried so many solutions but after a lot of tries i came to know that some .php files of my themes (from Woocommerce) were outdated. after updating everything became ok. Now its working well.

  32. I am also facing same problem. But finally i solve it by spending whole day hahah. I mistakenly move the wp-admin folder inside wp-content so i am round the problem whole day………hahah…

    • Right! A missing wp-admin folder results in the same symptoms. I apparently accidentally deleted my localhost wp-admin folder. Discovered the folder was missing when I went to restore from backup. :P

  33. Hey!
    I am also facing this problem and As a regular reader of this blog i come to this blog and reach this post done this all but still there.
    i’ve use a migrator plugin “duplicator” for website megrate from localhost to my hosting.

    The page isn’t working redirected you too many times.
    Try:
    Reloading the page
    Clearing your cookies
    ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS

      • I’ve had the same issue after migrating the site to a new hosting provider. Can anyone help us? We’re getting “too many redirects” with a newly migrated site.

  34. Thank you!

    only adding to the wp-config.com
    define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com’);

    fixed it! Finally after trying many things!!!

  35. Perfect! Turns out my site url was changed by a careless tech support guy. I managed to find and correct the error and now my site is back up and running :)

  36. I am wondering if anyone else has seen redirect issue(s) related to using the plugin named Rename wp-login.php. I like using that plugin to change the default address of wp-admin. I have used it along with a function that adds a specific sting to the end of the login URL (example: ?jedi=theforce). This additional function uses a couple redirects. The function only specifies that if the string is missing or not correct, then redirect to Google. It (I think) has caused the too many redirects on one of my sites. If anyone has a possible resolution, please let us know.

    Thanks!

  37. and second think is this,,,,when i open to this next time on same computer , than that will not redirect on any website ,,,,,if you want to see this problem next time on same computer ,,than clear cookies from same computer and if you try again to open my website than same problem showing

    main consider is this

    if cookies are already store in computer of my website ,,,than this problem not showing
    if i will clear cookies from my computer ,,,than this problem show again

  38. define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com’);

    will work well… Thanks….. ADMIN

  39. Thank you so freaking much! I searched last night and searched. This morning after hours of exhaustion trying to figure it out last night. I found your video this morning on this page!

    I so appreciate it!
    Thank you again!

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