The 403 Forbidden error is one of the more annoying errors that can crop up on a WordPress site. The 403 Forbidden error is shown when your server permissions are not allowing you to visit a specific page. This can seem like a daunting error to fix but we’re here to show you some of the ways you can fix the 403 forbidden error in WordPress.

Of the posibilities that could cause this would be one of your plugins causing this error. To fix this we will use FTP, if you do not know how to use FTP you would want to take a look at our article:

With FTP connected to your site you will want to rename your plugins folder to anything other than plugins to force the plugins to deactivate and once you log in you will be able to set the folder name back to plugins to return the deactivated plugins to your site.

If your issue was not from your plugins the next possibility would be your .htaccess file. If you do not see the file, ensure that you are displaying hidden and/or dot files in the FTP you are using to access your files. Rename the .htaccess and that shoudl allow you to visit the site if it was an issue with the .htaccess file.

Our final recommendation will be to edit the file permissions in case a plugin or your hosting provider changed the permissions. If you do not feel confident in attempting this step we would recommend reaching out to your hosting provider.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. I have that problem when I try to connect google analytics with Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights, in the last step when it tries to connect to the site data, it gives me the error 403 forbidden nginx/1.16.0

  2. What if I can visit my website but the shop part gets error 403?

    All files and maps have correct permission as well.

  3. Hi, and thank you for your helpful tips! I have an issue which is so frustrating! Suddenly after getting a lot of site lockout notification emails, i saw my plugin section when I enter it shows all plugin but it is freezed, so i cant edit, add deactivate, push setting text, nothing is work there, how can i solve this appreciate your respond

  4. can this fix a fansite i visted and it worked before but now i see this ……….. Forbidden
    You don't have permission to access /photos/ on this server.

    Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

  5. There is another thing that can cause this problem. If there is a file that shouldn't be there with the same name as an HTML page. It could be something left out of uninstalling or put there by installing a subdomain with the same name as an already existing sub-folder. You can't fix it till you delete or rename the folder.

  6. sorry you are not allowed to access this page This Problem Is Showing On My WordPress And I Cannot Acces And Login My WordPress Website . Please Help Me Im Worried

  7. this video is pure gold, i was messing around for hours changing the .htaccess and trying to find where it was going wrong, i followed your video and renamed it now my 403 error has gone! thank you

  8. That was a great and very clear video, but sadly didn't work for me. My host is slow to come back to me. I feel the only thing that could have done this is by updating to php7. But that was a week ago.

  9. not working for me, i cant save changes on existing pages, even can't preview (<site>/wp-admin/post.php) but only 10% of pages generate that error

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