Brand Your WordPress Blog’s Database Error Page

The hardest part for a blogger would be satisfying readers faced with downtime. You have to convince them in a manner they won’t get frustrated and also please them visit again.

Whenever your WordPress has a problem connecting to your database, you can display a custom database error page to your readers. You can make those pages branded so that your blog can still shine during that downtime.

Creating Custom WordPress Database Error Page

1. Open any Text Editor – Notepad or Notepad ++ (Check some alternatives here). Now it’s time to play with your creativity and imagination. Create a creative custom Database error page now, don’t forget to use your blog’s logo there and also some apologies for the downtime.

Also if you have a status blog, ask your readers to check that, so that they can know the cause of the downtime and when your blog will be up again.

2. Save that file as db-error.php.

HBB Custom DB Error

3. Now move this file to your wp-content section. Use FTP Client like Filezilla (check alternatives here) for doing that.

Why wp-content folder? Even if you upgrade WordPress, the contents will be still present there.

4. That’s all, bingo! You can check HBB’s Custom Database Error page using this URL :

Most of us lose our blog readers because of downtime, you can also create a Status Blog for communicating with your readers during that downtime.

20 thoughts on “Brand Your WordPress Blog’s Database Error Page”

  1. This is a nice trick. But how exactly does it work ? I guess the file name db-error.php is the key here. Maybe there is some default WordPress function to catch this name during a db error isn't it ?

  2. Error page of your website is very very important.As if an error page encounters in front of a visitor ,it may leave the site if that error page doesn't have same look and some interesting information.
    Thatswhy its very important to make your error page informative and interesting.

  3. It's really good package πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for given great post on here πŸ™‚ Keep rocking πŸ™‚

  4. its a good alternative as showing branded errors can make users think that we know about the error and are fixing it…

  5. Nice option…May be we can add up our social media links to redirect people there ,that would be more awesome

  6. Creating site's database error page is a brilliant idea. However, how do I know if the page shows up when the site is down?

    • Itachi, when your blog is down due to database issues, you won't get the default error page, you will get your custom error page. πŸ™‚

      You can use the normal web browser to check that.


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