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.

HellBound Bloggers (HBB) Retouched & Revamped

Finally we moved into a custom theme, though you won’t notice much of a difference in the structure of the theme. We applied little makeup to HBB so that it gives a refreshing look. Our goal was to clean things and give another look to HBB. We replaced several plugins with manual code, thus reducing the overall load on the database. Meanwhile, please don’t mind some minor errors you might encounter while browsing for few hours.

Featured Posts Section

We always loved to feature our best posts on the homepage for some time, so we added three sets of featured posts on the homepage and five sets on the sidebar for the maximum exposure.

HBB Featured Posts

Popular Posts Section

HBB’s popular posts section provides top 5 popular posts for a particular period. It is live on the sidebar.

Popular Entries HBB

In a month or so, we’ll move to VPS server. We are working hard to give you enhanced features and hopefully, you can expect them soon. 🙂

If you encounter any bug or theme error, kindly let us know about it. Also let us know what you think about this new theme in the comments below.