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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. Hi,
    I had this error on the product tag page. I tried all the possible repairs mantioned above with no luck.
    Finally, I had to rename slug for tags not to be numbers, eg. 2016, so I renamed it to r2016 and it started to work!
    It must have been caused by some wordpress update, because it have been working few years before with tags named as numbers.

    • Thanks for sharing what worked for you, if your product page is created by a plugin you may want to try reaching out to the plugin’s support to let them know about that issue

      Admin

  2. Hi,

    My whole website is running properly, but the homepage is redirected too many times and same issue with the wp-admin page too. I tried all the methods you mentioned but nothing worked for me.

    Please advice me if there is any another solution for that.

    Thanks in advance…

    • If none of the methods from the article worked, you would want to reach out to your hosting provider for them to see if there are any issues they can see on their end.

      Admin

  3. My web site is a Bitnami WordPress deployment on Google Cloud Platform.

    When I use:
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’, ‘http:/example.cloud’);

    the home page gets redirected to itself and browsers error message.
    I now use the original Bitnami setting and it works great !
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’, ‘http://’ . $_SERVER[‘HTTP_HOST’] . ‘/’);

    • You are missing a slash next to your http in the first define statement but thank you for sharing your workaround.

      Admin

  4. I had to desactivate a plugin and it worked back fine. I identified the plugin to desactivate by looking into my URL where I was getting a redirect error. The plugin name was written there.

    • Thanks for sharing how you found the error for others trying to solve this problem :)

      Admin

  5. I’ve tried all the steps here with no luck today. Luckily my website is functioning ok but I can’t log into the wp-admin dashboard for anything.

    What are the other options? There must be other ways I can figure out what’s causing it?

    • I’m having the same. My site works fine for visitors, but I only get the redirect error for the backend, my WP dashboard.
      It’s a new site and I don’t even have any plugins installed yet. I’m stumped.

  6. Holy Cow That worked, I’ve done many websites migrations and never ran into this issue. Thank you the define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com’); worked with the www.

  7. Hi, My problem is when I go to my site’s dashboard(/wp-admin) it is giving me this error I tried this solution and unfortunately it is not working. Please help me to solve this error.

  8. I just want to say thank you so much for sharing this knowledge, you wouldn’t understand how much this has helped me, something as minor is adding www or leaving the forward slash at the end has caused so many headaches, thank you so much.

  9. dear sir,
    i have huge data on my website i change my address directly from http://www.example.com to example.com i remove www from wp-confiq and phpmyadmin without doing the above procedure, now i update all the plugin and theme everything is fine but my theme setting is not editing when i am going to change setting of my theme the changes reverting …please help how to solve this problem i will be thankful to you
    i am trying to solve this problem from three days but fail
    please help

  10. Hi, my website is running without any error but i have this issue in backend when i open appearance>customize tab. I am unable to customize my website from backend. How can i solve it?

  11. Hi!

    Thank you for your post…

    I was able to solve mine changing the WP_SITEURL and WP_HOME to lowercase letters. I capitalized each word formerly for readability and as it turned out, it redirects post paginated pages.

    Everything seems fine now. Thank You

  12. I made a redirect in ADDOn Domain to rid my site of a tail, “/blog”, behind my URL, appeared when launched the site. This was in my opinion automatically done, as I have two sites on the same PUBLIC_html directory. probably to avoid conflict of files with the same name of the two sites

  13. None of these fixes worked for me. In the end it turns out I had setup a custom page rule in CloudFlare a long time ago to treat the wordpress dashboard different to the rest of the site. It had “SSL – Flexible” set which causes the error. I just set the rule to “Full” and it works fine again.

  14. I also had the problem, so I started searching for a solution and found out that the CDN was causing that error. I switched it off and it worked again

    • Thank God I saw your reply. I thought because I had added the Yoast SEO plugin, it was causing the issues, but I had also activated CDN in my control panel and that was the problem!

  15. I deactivated all plugins, disabled the current theme, deleted .htaccess, but I’m still getting the “too many redirects” error when I try to access my wordpress site. What is causing it and how can I fix it?

  16. Just had this happen to me on a new site I’m working on. The issue turned out that I created my child theme with spaces in the name. As soon as I renamed the child theme folder to my-child-theme it worked. I did have to go and make my child theme active again to make it work right. Hope this saves someone so grief and aggravation!

    • Dan, I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!!!!!
      That was my problem too, apparently. I changed the name and folder to include a dash and everything works fine.

  17. I’m finding that when I try to set my Permalink to Post Name I get the redirect issue. When I set it to Plain, no issues. I’ve disabled all the plugins and still the same thing.

    I’m new to WP but 20+ years IT, any help would be greatly appreciated.

  18. +1 on this and thank for for so thoroughly and generously sharing your knowledge – you saved me hours of work today.

  19. This is a really helpful article. I had the redirection issues with my WordPress website. I just changed my Post URLS going to Setting>Permalinks.

  20. My site is redirected too many time in the preview of customization
    other functions of theme are working fine.
    please tell the solution for the problem

  21. Thank you so much. I called my hosting service help desk twice and nothing they told me to do helped. This fixed the error.

  22. I’m getting “ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS” problem only on website Home page but other pages working fine. I think plugin “Redirection” create this problem but it’s my need to keep activate this.
    Please suggest.

  23. Thank you so much!! I have been looking for solution for whole day and finally solved it.

    Thank you

  24. ive tried the first option, Settings » General and changed the url. the thing is, i accidentally put a ; instead of a . on the adress.
    Now the site is all messed up and i cant even login on the admin user anymore, to change it back :/ any tips?

  25. Hi, Every time I go to the WIDGET page to load my adsense ads then my page freezes up and becomes unresponsive, how can I fix this, please

  26. I tried all the things mentioned in the blog but issue still persisted so I did what Jake Philips(one of the comment above) did and I found that something had changed the permalink structure setting to:
    /’/%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/’

    I changed it back to (as the comment suggests) :
    /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/

    and then everything was working fine again…

  27. When I put my link on Facebook my photo that’s on my webpage does not come up just my website name and URL. Any idea what I need to do to have a thumbnail photo?

    • Hi, CINDY.
      That’s because you didn’t use Yoast plugin, and didn’t set the rules on Facebook tab. The issue is related to open graph protocol.

  28. Hi. I am having a some what odd issue, i feel. My redirect issue is that when i attempt to access my wordpress admin page using my domain, it redirects me to godaddy.com. my only explanation I can come up with is that i purchased my domain name from godaddy. However i purchased my web hosting from hostgator. Regardless, i can not access my admin page for wordpress to begin establishing my new website.

    Any and all help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

    • Hi Khori,

      You can contact GoDaddy support and they can help you point out your domain name to your hosting provider. All you need to do is go to your GoDaddy account and point Name Server settings for your domain name to HostGator.

      Admin

  29. In my case the problem was special characters in the URL. You can’t have those with wordpress. E.g. German umlauts: ÄÖÜ – need to be converted.

    • Yes and no. I succesfully ran a website with “ä” character in there for a few years. But this time this might be the reason why I’m searching help to this problem here with a website that now has the same “ä” character there also…

  30. I panicked when I could not access my website home screen (though I could the other pages). I messed around with the Settings=>General URL settings, and I saw that the same address appeared as the WordPress URL and the website URL—which meant it was going around in circles, as you pointed out. I fiddled with that for awhile, almost locking myself out of WordPress altogether, but then deactivated several recently installed plugins. Fixed! I’m not sure which plugin caused it—I will investigate that, by omitting the one I think is most likely and one-by-one reactivating the others, but my suggestion is to follow your article from the bottom up. Check out those recent plugins!

  31. I had just enabled CDN and SSL in Bluehost for my WordPress site when this started happening. I found that something had changed the permalink structure setting to:
    /’/%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/’
    I changed it back to:
    /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/
    and then everything was working fine again…

  32. Hi,
    Your article is really good and may be a solution of my recent problem. But I am not a WordPress expert and not enough brave to experiment with my site, though the blog is completely built by myself.

    However, I’m seeing the following things from last two days–

    “This page isn’t working
    m redirected you too many times.
    Try clearing your cookies.
    ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS”

    I’ve tried many times after clearing cookies, still, I can’t log into my site.

    Can you please give a solution?

  33. My problem seemed to be a mixture of plugins and wp-config.php. After deactivating my plugins, I was able to access my site but not my wp-admin area. I fixed this by updating my wp-config with the codes provided above. However, they worked only after I put them before the “/* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */” line. This was something you guys didn’t include in your tutorial but I found somewhere else. So thanks for everything. My site works now.

  34. Just wanted to say this article helped me a great deal… Here’s my case:

    WP installed in a directory: domain.com/widget

    domain.com .htaccess edited for SEO purposes to say
    DirectoryIndex /widget/index.php /widget/

    This caused the “too many redirects” issue. Possibly because of the trailing slash in the domain.com .htaccess file??

    Anyway, this fixed it:

    domain.com .htaccess edited to:
    DirectoryIndex /widget

    Now it works.

    Huzzay for cPanel!!!

  35. My issue is that trying to access the login page keeps giving me a redirect to https:// but my site is in http://. Have tried everything, adding home url to config.php, disabling plugins, renewing .htaccess. There is no redirect defined in CPanel so I’m lost as to why this is happening. The site is available, but I cannot access admin.

    Getting a bit hopeless here…

  36. If none of the above works, rename your .htaccess file to htaccess.old or something. Try to log in again.

  37. Thanks a lot, Finally i solve it by spending whole week. only adding to the wp-config.com
    define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com’);
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com’);

  38. One way that you can create the infinite redirect loop is to set WordPress Address and Site Address using camel case, MyExampleWebsite.com for example . The domain part of a URI is supposed to be case-insensitive, the file part has to be case sensitive to cope with case-sensitive file systems. WordPress breaks if you use camel-case.

  39. I had the same problem, solved it by going to cpanel then look in the security tab if there is mod security , if yes deactivate it.

    That was it for me.

  40. Thank you for writing this. I set up redirection with Easy HTTPS Redirection, and ran into the “too many redirections” problem. I solved it by turning off a property in Woo Commerce. In the checkout settings, I had both “force secure checkout” and “force HTTP when leaving the checkout” selected. I unselected the “force HTTP when leaving the checkout”, and no longer see the “too many redirections” problem. I didn’t have to edit any .htaccess file.

  41. If the issue is happening only when accessing the admin control panel , then look at the wp-admin and check if there is htaccess file in place (www/wp-admin/.htaccess ) and if you find one then rename it and refresh the admin URL (example.com/wp-admin/) and it should work .

  42. Simply superb, this resolved the redirect loop issue I was facing, thanks a lot, appreciate the article :)

  43. Hi, I’ve tried all the troubleshooting options here but nothing seems to work. The last thing I remember doing was to take a full backup using the Backup Wizard on the cPanel. Could that in any way lead to this error (Too many redirects)

    Here’s a list of what I’ve done so far to fix this issue:
    1) Removed the backup file from the root directory
    2) Edited the wp-config file by adding those 2 lines of code, both with and without www
    3) Deleted the .htaccess files from the root directory and wp-content folder one at a time
    4) Scanned through all the comments to see if there is any possible solution, to no avail

    I have sought for the help of the root admin, hopefully we’d be able to fix this ASAP. If you think I’ve missed out on anything or could try anything apart from these, please do let me know.

    Thanks
    Akash

    • I could finally fix the problem. It had something to do with the backend I guess. My admin reset the server and that breathed life into my website again. Thanks for this post though. Good luck to all trying to fix this problem. May the force be with you ;)

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