WordPress 404 error on preview.. aka this is embarrassing error

I was having no luck finding a solution for this issue, so I figured I'd blog about it for posterity (so I can find it next time when I forget what I did). I recently setup a new blog about business continuity. I set everything up like this blog and my python blog, and everything seemed to work fine. I put my intro post out without a problem.

The next time I go to post, I put my first draft in and go to preview the post. This time, I get a message telling me the site is so embarrassed this happened but the page cannot be found. While this 404 error is kinda funny, I had no idea why I was getting it. Also, I could still post without issue. It was preview only that wasn't working.

I must have played with the permalinks a hundred times including editing the .htaccess file directly. I searched on WordPress's site and constantly came across the resolution of it's your web browser. Clear your cache. Not so in my case. I tried it from several computers.

After this, I disabled all plugins, which didn't help either. I changed the theme. No go. Finally, a week after this started, I just so happened to be looking at my settings and noticed I didn't have the same URL in the site address and the WordPress address. One had http://www.playingwithdisaster.com and the other had http://playingwithdisaster.com. Unfortunately, I can't remember which was which now, but that did the trick.

Wordpress and site URL


  1. Thank you!

    You saved a lot of time for me!

    Thank you again!

  2. You are my savior, that was it, because I switch from http to https, I had to change the link in the settings.

    Thank you so much !

  3. Thanks a lot! In my case it was a slight variation: I had put in “http” while the site actually runs on https. Your post helped me solve this, so again, thank you.


  5. Thank you so much. This is way helpful than the 1000 useless wordpress help pages where the question was posed but never answered!!!

  6. You are a genius! This was it!

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