How to Enable PHP Error Log for a WordPress website?

WordPress is a widely used open-source CMS, and it is coded in PHP and MySQL. WordPress provides a few debug options to help you find the error logs. Once you find the error logs for WordPress Website, it will be beneficial to fix your issues. Following are the tips to enable the PHP error log.

Enable Debug from Wp-Config File

You can enable WordPress errors from the wp-config.php file. By Default error log will be disabled; you will need to make configuration changes to enable the Debug. WordPress uses PHP Constant to enable the debug. You can edit the wp-config.php file and do the below changes. It will impact the entire WordPress to enable an error log.

define( ‘WP_DEBUG’, true );

Once you enable the WordPress error log, all PHP errors, notices, and warnings will be displayed on your website. For example, you can enter the below line inside your wp-config.php file. It will store the error in the debug.log file located inside the wp-content.

define( ‘WP_DEBUG_LOG’, true );

WP_DEBG_DISPLAY will prevent errors from appearing on the website. By default, this option will be set to True; we need to make changes to disable it.

define( ‘WP_DEBUG_DISPLAY’, false );

We recommend you make the following changes in your WordPress .htaccess file to restrict the access of debug.php publically. You can also set 600 permission to the debug.php file. Once you do this, debug.php will not be accessible on the web. However, you can access the file within your WordPress.

<Files debug.log>
Order allow,deny
Deny from all

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