Wordpress Blank Screen of Death: Here is my VERY simple solution.

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Hi Everyone,

As far as I know I am the only one that knows this little trick. Hope it helps someone out there.

If you do a search in Google for the following terms..."WordPress White Screen of Death", "Blank Screen of Death" or "WSOD" you will see that MANY people have this issue of going to their Wordpress Login screen only to discover that it is completely blank.

So next time you try to login to wp-admin and you get a BSOD (Blank Screen of Death) simply do this...

Download the now discontinued Flock Browser. I have version 2.6.1 installed. Simply open this browser and go to your Wordpress /wp-admin page as you usually do. You will see, that for some reason, this browser will NOT show a blank page. Instead you will see your normal login page, although your login box will not be aligned as usual. Enter Username & Password and you're in.

I have had many Blank wp-admin Screen issues as I do allot of work in Wordpress for clients and so far I have a 100% success rate in getting in and solving this issue using this simple trick.

Once I am logged in I will start to deactivate one plugin at a time. Each time I deactivate a single plugin I will reload the wp-admin page in Firefox to see if the login page shows up now. When it does show up again in Firefox then I know that the plugin I just deactivated was the culprit.

Off course I cannot know if it will work for everyone every time, but for me it works.

Now you don't have to waste your time editing your functions.php or your wp-config file, or any of the many suggested solutions that only seem to work some of the time.

I would appreciate your feedback if this worked for you or if it did not.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Originally Posted by JohnRowe View Post

    Once I am logged in I will start to deactivate one plugin at a time. Each time I deactivate a single plugin I will reload the wp-admin page in Firefox to see if the login page shows up now. When it does show up again in Firefox then I know that the plugin I just deactivated was the culprit.
    And without a new browser you can get the same result by using FTP and removing/renaming plugin folders
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnRowe
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      And without a new browser you can get the same result by using FTP and removing/renaming plugin folders
      Very true, but from reading the top 10 results for the various terms related to this issue it seems that renaming the plugins folder, for some reason, does not work for everyone, every time. They then proceed to do other things like increasing the memory limit via wp-config.php or removing spaces in functions.php, etc, etc

      I'm not sure my method will work for everyone out in the wild but for me it's been 100% successful. I also run into many people that is just getting their head around the whole Wordpress thing and when they run into this issue fixing the problem with another browser is less foreign to them than having to use FTP.

      I have read MANY pages on this issue and have not seen the Flock browser method mentioned anywhere. I'm sure this will come in handy for some folks.
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      • You could also set all the plugins to be disabled via your database.

        That's what I usually do anyway..
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    I am not saying this "Flock browser method" as you call it, isn't good. If it works - use it. We all have sometimes our own little 'personal techniques' that help us through different issues.

    On the other hand:
    I also run into many people that is just getting their head around the whole Wordpress thing and when they run into this issue fixing the problem with another browser is less foreign to them than having to use FTP.
    Here is my answer to the quote above:
    If you are serious about having an online "empire" (aka WP sites that YOU manage) and you are not able to learn how to use a FTP client... get into another line of work, e.g. digging ditches
    Handling FTP should be one of the very first things to learn when you start working online.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnRowe
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      If you are serious about having an online "empire" (aka WP sites that YOU manage) and you are not able to learn how to use a FTP client... get into another line of work, e.g. digging ditches
      Handling FTP should be one of the very first things to learn when you start working online.
      Hi Istvan. I thank you and again, I completely agree with your statement

      I was actually referring to some of my offline clients (bed & breakfast, local hair salon, etc) and people like them specifically. For those folks FTP is something they would rather not venture into.

      If I had to run into anyone thinking of doing anything related to IM, Wordpress, etc that was afraid of FTP I would be amazed and would very possibly repeat your statement to them word for word.

      Personally I am very adapt at anything Wordpress, as well as MANY IM concepts, methods, tools, & strategies. I make a very comfortable living with IM. Not an "empire" yet but one day soon. I can even dig ditches with the best of them .

      All in all renaming the Plugins folder is a VERY effective way of going about fixing a BSOD issue and should be done before editing wp-config.php, functions.php, etc.

      It is entirely possible that the "Flock Browser Method" as I have unintentionally coined it turns out to only work some of the time as well. That is one of the reasons I put it here, because I trust that if someone here tries it next time they have this issue and it does not work, they will (hopefully) give feedback.

      Anyway, two different methods both leading to the same positive outcome can only be a good thing.
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      • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
        Well, I replied to this thread before, but it seems to have vanished. I just wanted to say I found the information useful, and I've bookmarked the thread so that it stays handy, should I ever need it. I hope I don't...
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnRowe
          Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

          Well, I replied to this thread before, but it seems to have vanished. I just wanted to say I found the information useful, and I've bookmarked the thread so that it stays handy, should I ever need it. I hope I don't...
          Hi Annie,

          Thank you so much for your (2nd) reply. Strange how the first comment is not here anymore. I'm just glad someone found this useful. I'm sure others will as well as time goes forward .
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  • Profile picture of the author romika
    Wordpress Blank Screen of Death? in most cases it occurs due to some java script issues (contradiction of plugins and themes).

    First Disabled all plugins or remove all plug in to another folder for some time
    install
    Use Google Libraries and activate. copy all plugins to original location and see the difference.


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