Error Establishing Database Connection WordPress – How to Fix It?

We’ve all been there. We click on a link, enter our email address, and then try to log in, only to discover that our database connection is not working properly.

Have you ever logged into a website and had a problem, only to find yourself in an endless loop of frustration?

This happens to me all the time. The problem is that I am trying to connect to my database incorrectly.

I have tried many ways to fix this, but I don’t know what’s going wrong.

This post will help you fix any errors you may encounter when connecting to your database.

Introduction: If you see an error message when trying to open a connection to your WordPress website, you are likely facing a problem with the database server installed on your web host. To get rid of this error, you need to change the settings for the database on your WordPress installation. This video explains how to do it.

Error Establishing Database

Connecting to the database server

You’ve likely heard that “the database is the heart of the website”, and you may have even heard about the “database server” and “database connection.”

So, what exactly is the database connection?

A database connection is a connection between a website and its database. It allows the website to interact with the database, and it will enable the database to interact with the website.

When we build a website, we typically create a database and give it a name. Then, we connect to that database and create a table within it.

Then, we start writing code that creates a new record.

For example, if we are creating an online store, we could create a product that has a unique ID, a price, and a description.

We could write code that looks for a specific product and adds it to the table.

Once the table is filled, we can close the connection to the database and move on to other things.

However, what happens when the connection to the database is lost?

If you click a link on the website, enter your email address, and try logging in, you might get this error message.

“Error establishing a database connection”.

“The database server is down for maintenance”.

“Database connection has failed”.

“Could not connect to the database”.

“Invalid username or password”.

“Server returned error: (102) Connection reset by peer”.

“Can’t connect to MySQL server on ‘localhost’ (10061)”.

“Can’t connect to MySQL server on ‘’ (10061)”.

“Database is unresponsive”.

“Connection timed out”.

“Not connected”.

How to fix wordpress database connection error

The problem is that the server tries to connect to the database but cannot do so. In the case of a WordPress website, the database is called wp_options.

Outdated settings usually cause the problem. If you are using a shared hosting account, you will most likely be unable to fix this issue.

The good news is that several plugins can help you out. One of them is WordPress Backup Buddy.

WordPress Backup Buddy is a plugin that allows you to back up, restore, and import your database. You can also export and import data from other sites.

It is easy to use, and it is completely free. You can download it here.

WordPress database connection problem

It happens to everyone. You sign up for an account, and then click on a link, and enter your email address, only to discover that you’re unable to log in.

How do you fix it? Well, you can’t.

As the saying goes, “no problem is permanent.” There is always a solution.

While you can’t fix the problem, you can work around it. If you’re a developer, you can always make some changes to the code. You can always hire a developer to help you if you’re not a developer.

Checking if the connection was successful

If you find yourself in this situation, you’re probably wondering how you can fix it. There are many reasons why your connection may fail, and the error message is often insufficient to help you out.

The most common reason is that you’ve mistyped your email address.

A second possibility is that you entered an invalid password. If you’ve forgotten your password, try resetting it.

Another cause of a lost connection can be that you’re logged in to more than one browser. Logging out and checking if the link is still working can resolve this issue.

If the problem persists, you should try resetting your database.

You can do this by going to the Cpanel>Database section.

 Frequently asked questions about Error Establishing Database

Q: Can I add a question to this FAQ?

A: Sure, if there are questions that you would like to see here, shoot me a message, and we can discuss adding them.

Q: Can you add a section on how to fix WordPress errors?

A: Yes, we should start by ensuring the database is working correctly, and then we can look at fixing any specific issues.

Q: Do you need anything about PHP or MySQL to help with this FAQ?

A: No, we should be able to answer most of these questions without needing too much information.

Q: What if I need more information than what this FAQ provides?

A: If you have more detailed questions, please send them to us directly, and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Q: Is there anything else you want to add to this FAQ?

Top Myths About Error Establishing Database

1. The database name is too long and cannot be created.

2. The database name already exists.

3. The table name is too long and cannot be created.

4. The table name already exists.


When trying to access the dashboard for your WordPress website, you may see an error stating that the database connection could not be established.

The steps outlined here will get you back up and running quickly.

First, you will need to delete all the databases on your server. To do this, go to wp-content/db_backups/. Delete all files in this folder.

Next, log into your cPanel (your web hosting control panel) and delete the default WordPress database file. If you haven’t changed the default database name, it should be wp-config-sample.

After deleting these files, log into your WordPress installation and create a new database.

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