WordPress Blog showing blank white page? Here’s the solution

Is your WordPress blog home page or dashboard showing blank white page? Check this post for common reasons and solutions to it.

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Being a blogger, you come across many issues. If you are a techie, then you can solve those issues without any hassle but if you are a general blogger who came into blogging thinking that WordPress or Blogger are very simple interface, then you might be on the wrong path, because it needs a lot of customization before you have a fully functioning WordPress blog without any issue.

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One of those thousands of errors is, getting a blank white page while trying to access the blog home page or the dashboard, this mainly happens just after you change your host or you update WordPress version or any plugin.

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Once you get that error, it is pretty irritating specially when you are trying to publish a post and the blank white page error removes all the changes you had made to the post after your last saved draft. I myself lost huge data because of that, as it was sudden and I did not know the exact problem behind the issue, later I researched online and got to know many reasons which might cause this issue.

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Even in your case, there might be one or more issues which can cause this problem. The issues and solution to them have been listed below by me.

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Wordpress blog showing blank white page

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ISSUE #1

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If you just changed your WebHost

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If you have recently changed your host and the problem started after that, then the problem is with the PHP Memory of your server. Just contact your host support and ask them to increase the PHP memory limit to the maximum. Generally, in case of shared hosting, this limit is 64Mb whereas if you are using a dedicated server, then the limit is 128Mb.

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This PHP memory acts as the RAM , as it saves all the current processes temporarily to execute them easily and quickly. If the PHP memory is less, then it can accommodate less instructions and once the amount of instructions goes past the PHP memory, it shows the typical Blank White page, which says that the command has been terminated due to insufficient memory.

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ISSUE #2

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If you just updated your WordPress version

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It is very likely that you face the problem if you just updated your WordPress version. There are many cases where people use several plugins in order to have a fully functional and creative blog/website, but some of the plugins are compatible only up to a certain WordPress version, once you update WordPress from your dashboard, many plugins remain no more compatible with the new WordPress version hence the homepage works fine but as soon as you try to go to the dashboard, the browser shows a blank white page.

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In that case, you need to figure out which plugin is causing the issue. Just go to yourdomain.com/wp-admin/plugins.php , even if your dashboard is not working, this page will work, deactivate all the plugins and then activate them one by one. Keep checking the Blog home page or dashboard whichever is giving problem after every plugin activation, this is a very cool way to find the issue and solve it.

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ISSUE #3

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Lots of redirects

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There can be one more reason behind that error, if you have plenty of redirects on your blog, then it might cause this problem. Many redirects to a particular page (mainly the home oage or the dashboard) result in several requests at a time and it causes kind of an error in the php programming of the theme, CMS as well as the database.

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To get rid of this, remove the redirection plugin (if you are using any), or remove unwanted redirects from .htaccess file.

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ISSUE #4

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Poor Optimization of database settings

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Most of the times, people use shared hosting. In shared hosting, usually there are hundreds of websites hosted on the same server, so at the peak timings, when the user flow is maximum, there are very much possible chances that the CPU usage will reach to the maximum and if you are using default settings, then there will be chances that there will be an error (Mostly the typical Blank white page) even if you do not have many visitors.

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To get rid of it, try having some database manager plugins which take care of all the operations happening inside the database and those plugins also make sure that there are no unused tables inside your database, so whatever data it is taking, that is worth it.

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ISSUE #5

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Blog/Website cache problem

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This is the last problem which might cause Blank white page error. cache plugins are mainly used so that you can speed up your website in different browsers, but sometimes, the cache plugin gets some internal error and behaves unexpectedly.

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In those conditions, clear your cache and flush them, if the problem still remains, then you might want to remove the plugin from the ftp folder and try reloading the site again

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These were some of the common problems and their solutions which cause your blog to show Blank white page error on dashboard or the home page. I hope I solved it for you, if you have any more doubt, feel free to ask me in the comments section.

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  1. Great article. I am new into blogging and I landed up here searching for the solution, I am currently hosted on Godaddy and they had not set the pHP limit and it was around 8 MB and I was getting problem on every second page I browsed. Thanks to you , I contacted them and now it seems proper.

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