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Solution: The Page Isn’t Redirecting Properly WordPress Error

How I fixed the “Page Isn’t Redirecting Properly WordPress Error”

the page is't redirecting properly wordpress error

Solution To The Page Isn’t Redirecting Properly WordPress Error


logging into wordpress and then going to any page other than the front page, would result in a “The Page Isn’t Redirecting Properly” error. This only occurred for logged in users (very odd)

What I Knew:

  • I had removed some plugins recently
  • I had switched some functionality from those plugins to a new plugin
  • Pages and posts loaded properly for normal website visitors
  • Logged in users got the “page isn’t redirecting properly” message
  • This error was new… since the changes
  • Was happening on WordPress 3.5.1 install
  • Wasn’t W3 Total Cache, as I removed the entries for redirection from .htaccess

Changes: Had recently removed some plugins because I had installed Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin which duplicated some things the other plugins were doing.

  • Yoast WordPress SEO plugin: Does a (better?) job at creating an XML sitemap. Better? dunno, but I like the way he does it. I used to have the good old Google XML Sitemaps plugin by Arne Brachhold but then installed Yoast SEO. Deactivated Arne’s, removed that xml file listing from Google Webmaster Tools and then submitted Yoast’s sitemap to Google.
  • Remove Category Base: Removes category base from url’s changing from domain.com/category/flintstones/ to domain.com/flintstones/. Well, Yoast does that too on the Permalink settings at the top. A checkbox to check off.

I also cleaned up a bunch of deactivated plugins by deleting them.

I searched for a few things, ways to describe the issue but kept getting plugins that WANTED to redirect a logged in user but it was Jason Saggers post about the same issue that pointed me in the right direction.

Jason noticed that a Canonical URL Redirection plugin was the issue. He disabled it and voila.

That plugin was NOT my issue, but I realized that there was one thing I did that was related.

I removed a plugin that stripped category from my url, and set Yoast’s plugin to do the same thing. That setting is described above. It’s the first checkbox on the Permalinks setting tab.


unchcek that checkbox. For some reason, stripping the category base from the url for the permalink structure I was using was not computing for logged in users.

Note: the website in question uses year/month/day based URL structure and it seems Yoast’s plugin can’t handle it. I’ll have to let him know.

Incidentally, I actually used Google Webmaster Tools to try and track down my problem with the “page isn’t redirecting properly” error with no luck, but DID notice that images were now submitted to Google. yes, Yoast WordPress SEO inserts image entries into the sitemap. LOVE IT

Oh… and mozilla offers help for the page isn’t redirecting properly error too. (in case this didn’t help)

Solution: Cant Create Categories in WordPress

cant create categories in wordpressAfter having created a few categories in a new wordpress blog, suddenly had the issue arise where I can’t create wordpress categories. Could not edit categories or update categories. A quick search found others having similar problems, but no solutions. In a related matter, at the same time, I found I can’t update wordpress permalinks on the edit post screen. Well, suffice it to say, I found the solution and I’m posting it here for my own reminder.

Can’t Create WordPress Categories

You’ve created the blog, added categories, created posts and pages and everything was running just fine until one day, POOF! – the editor seemed to stall, and the “edit” button seemed to go into an infinite loop.

You may have found that you can’t edit categories in WordPress either. I tried that too. Tried to edit “uncategorized” into the new one I needed, but same deal. Didn’t matter if it was on the post edit screen or the create categories screen.

solution to follow …

Can’t update permalink

In a related issue, you may have found that you can’t edit permalinks either. The “Edit” button works, allowing editing of the url part of the post, but when you go to click the “OK” button, nothing happens and the button is unresponsive.

cant edit permalinks in wordpress

clicking the edit button works, but after editing, the OK button spins forever or does not respond at all

solution to follow …

This has been a frustrating experience for both myself and my client. It was he who brought it to my attention and even I could not get it to work. Googling the problem returned results that were 2 years old at the newest and solutions ranged from “edit the categories in the database”, to “insert a .htaccess file into your wp-admin folder”.

My first thought was The Solution Is In The Log Files!

The Solution

My log files showed repeated entries of PHP Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted —- blah blah blah, showing various amounts of memory and various .php files and wordpress plugins.

The answer is quite simple actually:

Increase memory size!

Edit your .htaccess file located in the root of your domain structure to reflect something bigger than the default. My client’s site had a default memory limit of 32 Meg. I increased it to 40 Meg and suddenly could create categories.

insert this code in your .htaccess: php_value memory_limit 40M

The inability to edit permalinks was also corrected.

If you can’t create categories in wordpress or cant edit permalinks, first check your log files, and if you see memory errors, increase the memory limit.

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