Since Wordpress 5.2 can not display errors on the site. The constants "WP_DEBUG" et "WP_DEBUG_DISPLAY" doesn't work. The following message is always displayed : "The site is experiencing technical difficulties. Please check your site admin email inbox for instructions."

Have you solution?

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You can disable this behaviour by setting WP_DISABLE_FATAL_ERROR_HANDLER to true:


This will stop the "The site is experiencing technical difficulties" message from appearing, so errors will appear as they did prior to this feature being added.


Maybe I am wrong here, but define( 'WP_DEBUG', true ); is still available and works in installs 5.2 and after.

According to WordPress docs: https://codex.wordpress.org/WP_DEBUG

Starting with WordPress version 2.5, setting WP_DEBUG to true also raises the error reporting level to E_ALL and activates warnings when deprecated functions or files are used; otherwise, WordPress sets the error reporting level to E_ALL ^ E_NOTICE ^ E_USER_NOTICE.

Edit: Here is how things play out in the back end. https://core.trac.wordpress.org/browser/tags/5.2/src/wp-includes/load.php#L321

There is nothing in there that says it is deprecated or being removed. And that error reporting level are set correctly.

I just tested it in my environment by setting WP_DEBUG to true inside of the wp-config.php file. And it gave the same The site is experiencing technical difficulties. Please check your site admin email inbox for instructions message, but also gave me the syntax error I put into my site to test and break it. I am running PHP 7.2

  • Codex is way outdated, so citing it for such a new functionality is probably not a good idea, as it might not get updated anymore
    – kero
    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:31
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    FWIW, the newer article doesn't mention it either: wordpress.org/support/article/debugging-in-wordpress Jun 25, 2019 at 11:33
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    @kero, I've edited my response to also include what takes place in the backend when that constant is set. You can see that when WP_DEBUG is set to true, that it toggle error_reporting to E_ALL, which as pf PHP 5.4, will show every possible error. Jun 25, 2019 at 12:27

I have checked this code on WordPress 5.2 define( 'WP_DEBUG', true ); and it is perfectly working. I think you should reinstall the WordPress.

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