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Wordpress White Screen of Death Fix

by Jo Shaer, on December 6, 2012

wordpress-white-screen-of-death-fixEverything was running smoothly and I was editing a post and save it.

I went to the home page and....

... nothing!

My url was in the search bar but there was no website.

Cue panic!

Back into the dashboard, everything looked normal, so I tried to access pages from there - they were all visible except for the front page.

Investigating the problem further, I discovered that this is a well-known problem with over 29 million cases being reported and there were a variety of fixes.

As with most things that could go wrong with a Wordpress website, the first thing to do is to check your plug-ins. But I had not added or updated any of these in the time between my home page working and then suddenly not working.

Other options involved editing sections of code in the wp-config and wp-systems php files. *Sharp intake of breath* You don't want to be fiddling around in those unless you really know what you're doing. The trouble was that the fixes that I was being given didn't actually match the wording in my files so were clearly useless in this scenario... or at least with this theme.

So, I decided to think outside the box. I needed to redirect my main url so that it went to page on my site that showed all the details I wanted customers to see. I needed to relocate my home page. So I gave it a longer slug, adding some more words after a trailing slash.

Then I used the 'Redirection' plug-in, which gives 301 redirects to avoid having any broken links on the site. I set it up so that my main url forwarded to the new home page.

Et Voila!

Visitors could be redirected to the information that I needed them to see.

It's a bit of a patch, but at least it solved the visual until such time as I can find out exactly what caused the problem - along with a credible solution.

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