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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.

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 how to fix them.

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  1. Thanks so much for the article! In my case, the problem turned out to be a different one: My domain contained an umlaut (ü). I had to convert my domain name to Punycode and change my wordpress address and site address to the resulting URL.

    • Thanks for sharing this for anyone who may also have this issue with an umlaut!

      Admin

  2. If none of the above works and you are using Cloudflare for DNS, check your SSL settings in Cloudflare. If you have an SSL installed on your hosting server, you need to change the SSL mode to Full (strict) in Cloudflare.

  3. Thank you so much, it helped me a lot… My WP site is struck at page loading, i deleted .htaccess file from server after this working fine… you saved my time… loved it

  4. Thanks a lot for the content. Removing the .htaccess file which I created manually and letting WordPress create the .htaccess file automatically resolved my issue.

    Thanks again.

  5. Man, you just saved me a whole heap of time as I’d created a url redirect from within the admin panel then couldn’t obviously get back in. Thought I was going to have to restore an old backup and lose all my work, but your simple addition to the config file via ftp saved all of that. Thank you so much :)

  6. Hi,

    I tried to add the www. in general settings in wordpress as you suggested, only now i cannot acces my wordpress domain anymore… it says it does not recognize my login username and/or password, any suggestions?

    • If none of these recommendations are working for you, we would recommend reaching out to your hosting provider for assistance

      Admin

  7. Hi, I was struggling with this issue for a while and it took me a great degree of research to actually find the solution.

    If you are experiencing “Too many redirects” problem with WordPress

    In my situation, the new website was behind a reverse proxy (NGINX).

    You need to add this to the fix list above.

    Modify wp-config.php add the text

    /**
    * Handle SSL reverse proxy
    */
    if ($_SERVER[‘HTTP_X_FORWARDED_PROTO’] == ‘https’)
    $_SERVER[‘HTTPS’]=’on’;

    if (isset($_SERVER[‘HTTP_X_FORWARDED_HOST’])) {
    $_SERVER[‘HTTP_HOST’] = $_SERVER[‘HTTP_X_FORWARDED_HOST’];}

  8. Hello, my problem is not getting solved. My homepage is working fine but the wp-admin has this redirect problem

  9. I cannot be able to express my gratitude but I realy thank you very much for your assistance. The last method really worked for me.. Thanks a lot again.

  10. at my site i did all the mentioned steps and i still don’t get any thing i don’t know how to fix it anyone can help ?

    • If none of our recommendations were able to assist, we would recommend reaching out to your hosting provider for them to take a look.

      Admin

  11. Wonderful content and very informative! It took awhile but we were able to fix our WordPress issue online on our website because of your helpful article here! Thanks again.

  12. I was tearing my hair out over this and found another thing to check. If you’re behind a load balancer this can cause the WordPress is_ssl() function to return incorrect values, which can put you into a redirect loop as it tries to redirect to a secure URL even though you’re already at a secure URL.

  13. Hello. I have tried every recommendation that you have given: plugin, htaccess, wp-config.php but none of them works for me. Please help!!! Thanks

    • If none of these recommendations were able to help you, then we would recommend reaching out to your hosting provider for them to take a look

      Admin

  14. Thank you for this article. Very informative and the way you explained things was so helpful.

    I understand the issue when it is happening over the entire website. My problem is that one category of pages (registration pages for my memberships) is being affected by this issue. Any idea why the error would be specific to a category?

    Every other page on my site is working.

    • You would first want to go through the steps in this article. If it still continues you would want to ensure you don’t have any plugins possibly creating redirects.

      Admin

  15. Hi, Please what should i do?
    i followed the steps involved in removing the /wp in my siteurl. then immediately i altered the wordpress and siteurl and saved changes, i have been unable to login into the wp-admin. the following is the error message i received.

    “The document has moved here.

    Additionally, a 302 Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.”

    thank you

  16. Hi! I cloned my site to a new URL using GoDaddy’s Installatron feature, and now when I try to access the cloned site using the new URL, it says ‘too many redirects.’ This means I can’t even access the WordPress back end. Is there a way to try disabling plugins without that access? Do I just temporarily move them to a new folder? Or do you have any suggestions?

  17. How did you know my service provider wouldnt take any blame….its like you new there feed back exactly
    Thanks for saving the day

  18. Well, our website was working just fine then all of a sudden our site went down,
    I did all the steps above.
    what else can we do?

    • If the methods in this article aren’t working and you’re seeing the too many redirects error, you would want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure this isn’t an error from their end.

      Admin

  19. I tried with deleting the www. and now I can’t even log in in to the wp-admin anymore, I just get a page with info saying that my page is not working due to too many redirects.
    How can I fix this, I need to continue developing my website.
    “This page isn’t working redirected you too many times.
    Try clearing your cookies.
    ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS”

  20. Here is a totally bizarre solution. The infinite login loop just started happening with no change in plugins, etc. I did everything – changed my theme, replaced the .htaccess file, etc. Here’s what I finally ended up doing that seems to have fixed everything: I rebooted my laptop and waited for several hours (in case it was a hosting problem). When I came back in, it all worked.

    I tried clearing browser cache and did everything I could find, but nothing worked. I suspect there was something wacky going on that a reboot cleared up for me. And this is not the first time that this happened. Totally bizarre.

    • That is an odd solution but thanks for sharing it, you may want to check with your hosting provider to see if they see the error as well if it continues.

      Admin

  21. I’m facing a problem with my multisite network. Its created in local host. Everytime I try to access the new site it shows an error saying “The page isn’t redirecting properly”. If you can help that’d be great! Thanks

    • You would want to start with the steps in this article to see if that resolves the issue

      Admin

  22. i have problem for accessing my wordpress dashboard, when i try to access my wp- admin area it shows me your password is incorrect although my password is correct so if any one can help that kind of problem reply me. thanks.

  23. Thanks for the article. I was able to fix my “too many redirects” problem by changing the http to https. :)

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