We’ve all seen it before when browsing to your WordPress site and suddenly you’re met with the white screen of death, making it inaccessible to both admins and visitors. Today I’m going to walk you through my fast fix for the most common cause of this problem. The goal being to get your site back up and running as fast as possible.
Cause of WordPress White Screen of Death
A WordPress white screen of death (WSOD) is almost always caused by PHP code errors or running out of memory. The first thing you should do is find out if the admin on your site is working. If the front-end of the website is down, but the admin is working, chances are you have a problem theme or plugin. You can check your admin by simply browsing to yourdomain.com/wp-admin.
Here’s my quick diagnosis and fix procedure. I login to my Cpanel in my web hosting and open my file manager. I open the wp-content folder and then rename the plugins folder to something like x-plugins.
Then I go look at the site and see if it’s displaying. It may be a mess because it can’t find the plugins but at least you know where the problem is to be found.
Mow I rename x-plugins back to plugins and them rename individual plugins by placing a x- in front of them. I usually just rename the most likely problem plugins like sliders, caching plugins and specialty plugins. Then go look at the site and see if its visible. If it’s not I rename some more plugins.
Once the site shows-up I rename plugins by removing the x- one at a time and check the site after each renaming until it causes the site to white-screen again and that revels the problem plugin.
This may sound like a big deal but rarely does it take more that 5 minuets to get a site back up and running. As for the bad plugin, I usually delete it and re-install it. If it still kills the site, I look for a replacement plugin.
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