Fixing the WordPress White Screen of Death

If you have been using WordPress for a little while then chances are you will have come across the “White Screen of Death”, which comes in a few different forms.

Sometimes it may be that you have an error message with it, such as an error establishing a database connections, and this obviously gives you a very good indication of where your problem is.

However, more recently we have noticed that some of our customers have updated their WordPress Installs to the latest version and since the updates had reported being plagued by this random white screen.

The white screen is just that – plain white – no error messages or codes, and upon page reload the page will display again.

Pretty annoying for a visitor, and massively annoying for the admins as often it happens as you are trying to save a content edit, losing all of your hard work.

Luckily, if this sounds like a problem you are having, there is a really easy fix.

Here’s how:

1. Open a plain text editor on your machine and create a file called php.ini

2. Insert this code into the file:

<? phpinfo(); ?>
memory_limit = 128M

3. Save it and upload the file to your web hosting Public Directory – where your WordPress files are located.

Thats it – this should have solved your problem.

Why? Because more often than not the blank white screen relates to an issue with the memory limit that is set on WordPress and this file is a quick and easy way to increase that limit.

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