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[closed] Flash of Unstyled Content (White Flash On Page Load) (41 posts)

  1. J777
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Okay. I must say upgrading to 3.2 has been the worst thing I could have ever done. :( I've been working hours to fix this. Still to no avail.

    Every site that I have upgraded now has a "Flash Of Unstyled Content" on every single page load.

    So I ended up not only uninstalling every single plugin but I deleted them as well. That didn't work.

    So next I deleted the custom theme and activated Twenty Eleven.

    Still a "White Flash" on every single page.

    Then I went into my profile and unchecked "Show Admin Bar when viewing site." This actually solved the problem of "White Flashes" in Twenty Eleven Theme.

    So I thought I had solved the problem. Then I reactivate my theme and the "White Flashes" are back.

    I've also tried the plugins, Auto Optimize, Scripts To Footer and Wp-SuperCache to no avail.

    30 of my sites using WP 3.1 are still just fine. No FOUC or any problems what so ever.

    But EVERY SINGLE site that has been upgraded has problems.

    Does anyone have a working solution for this?

    Do I have to delete my site and manually reinstall WP 3.1?

    This is a nightmare. It's seems 3.2 was so where near ready for release.

    Please someone help. I'm dying here.

    PS. Please don't close this thread until there is actually a working solution. I see a ton of closed threads on this subject with no solution.

  2. Sometimes we close threads when people have derailed them with unrelated issues to the point that we can't help ANYONE in them anymore (which is why you hear me shouting at y'all to make your own topics).

    Can you link to a site with these white flashes? I've not noticed it on mine. http://ipstenu.org/ loads the data for me right away, no white flash.

    What theme are you using that's having this issue?

    Have you tried turning off ALL your plugins?

  3. J777
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Have you tried turning off ALL your plugins?


    Not to be rude, but did you read what I wrote above?

    Every site that I have upgraded now has a "Flash Of Unstyled Content" on every single page load.

    So I ended up not only uninstalling every single plugin but I deleted them as well. That didn't work.

    So next I deleted the custom theme and activated Twenty Eleven.

    Still a "White Flash" on every single page.

    Then I went into my profile and unchecked "Show Admin Bar when viewing site." This actually solved the problem of "White Flashes" in Twenty Eleven Theme.

    So I thought I had solved the problem. Then I reactivate my theme and the "White Flashes" are back.

    I read somewhere else if I delete <?php wp_head(); ?> it would fix it. So I deleted <?php wp_head(); ?> and all the pages loaded perfect without the white flash between page loads. But some plugins dies. So I'm thinking it must me in the core. I just need to find out what new core scripts are causing the problem and delete them.

    Any suggestions?

  4. J777
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Can you link to a site with these white flashes? I've not noticed it on mine. http://ipstenu.org/ loads the data for me right away, no white flash.

    Actually your absolutely wrong. There is a split second flash of white on every single page load on your site. It looks really bad. Like the images are be reloaded every time a page loads instead of being cached. I'm surprised your didn't notice it being the expert and all. I'm using the latest Firefox.

    But I must apologize. I don't think you have enough experience to be working on this. I saw in another thread that you didn't know about Fantastico.

    All my sits that are running the previous version of WordPress are seamless. When I change pages only the content area changes. It doesn't reload the header, background and all the images over again like it does on your site. But with the latest wordpress there are problems.

    Posting a link to one of my sites in open forum is a bad idea. But I can make a video showing the difference on how it should be and how it is now...

  5. Richard Coan
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Until the internet becomes instant download you will always have to deal with "white flashes." This is just the nature of the beast. You can decrease page load times by minifying JavaScript and CSS. Caching helps once the content is downloaded.

    The only time WordPress is seamless for me is when i have it setup on "localhost."

  6. J777
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Until the internet becomes instant download you will always have to deal with "white flashes."

    No. Your wrong.

    I have 30+ sites running WordPress right now.

    All the sites running 3.12 do not have the white flash.

    ONLY the sites running 3.2 have the white flashes.

    Did you not read everything I posted?

    WOW there are 100's of people asking this question online and no answers. Amazing.

  7. Richard Coan
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Plugins are notorious for slowing things down, especially if they are initiated during the window.load state as I found out with jQuery. This is more likely then slow downloads, make sure you are not overdoing it on the scripts (PHP or JavaScript)

    PHP external connections can cause white flashes also if you are connecting outside your site.

  8. Sorry, we're getting a lot of tickets and while I DID read your post, I glossed over some.

    Wait ... you mean that moment of white before anything loads? There's no content at all in that moment as far as I can tell. I'm with Richard. I see THAT on every single page I've ever hit. Even att.com

    If you mean a page of unstyled content, we think of that as a page with text and no CSS to make it pretty.

    J777 - Link us to a page on 3.1.x that doesn't have that white flash. Please?

  9. Richard Coan
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    "White flash" is a effect caused by more than one problem which is why it can be difficult to figure out. There is the no-content flash which happens if you are not being sent or cannot download the content fast enough. There is also a flash that can occur if a php script is executing slowly.

    You said removing <?php wp_head(); ?> fixed the issue to your satisfaction? If so then you have script executing or downloading slowly. Check your scripts that are inserted via wp_head() are there any external scripts. If so check there response time it could be once of them.

  10. J777
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You said removing <?php wp_head(); ?> fixed the issue to your satisfaction? If so then you have script executing or downloading slowly. Check your scripts that are inserted via wp_head() are there any external scripts. If so check there response time it could be once of them.

    No plugins installed. No scripts installed. Just white flash with the new version.

    I'm going to try deleting stuff in wp-includes/functions.php to see if I can delete the new code WP inserted to screw things up.

    Anyone know where else WP might be hiding things it calls in ?php wp_head(); ?>

  11. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 3 years ago #

    J777: I can't reproduce your problem. The site ipstenu linked to above has no flash for me in either Chrome or Firefox.

    This may just be you, man.

  12. Digital Raindrops
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Sorry to butt in here, there is another topic on the Artisteer forum where this is happening on some themes not all, so it is not just one person, it looks to be while a file or image loads there is a clear empty screen before the html starts to load.

    It does not happen on local host only on production websites, and it is not FOUC 'page of unstyled content' it is a short burst delay before the page load kicks in.

    HTH

    David

  13. mrmist
    Forum Janitor
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I see .. Occasional white blank entire page pre-load. (This is not uncommon.)

    Brief splash of white where the background image has not yet loaded and then flicks in after various content has been painted. (This I expect depends on various factors such as the css and the speed of your connection)

    Neither of the above would I expect to be significantly altered by a different version.

  14. J777
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @Ipstenu

    No worries. I posted what your up to on 4chan. Along with your website.

    Deal with the Internets now.

  15. J777
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Okay I'm done with this forum.

    Most likely I'll get banned for complaining about my posts about modifying the core getting deleted.

    Here's a link to an unmoderated forum where we can continue discussion unrestricted.

    http://www.artisteer.com/Default.aspx?responsesPage=2&post_id=168835&p=forum_post&forum_id=13

    There are no mods. Only freedom.

    If anyone wants to see everything I wrote that was deleted. I'm putting it all up on it's own website for eternity. For google and the whole world to see.

  16. For those wondering - I only deleted J777's posts that were in other topics, as it's very difficult to provide help to people when other people post similar but not the same problems. Since there was this topic, I felt J777 might be better helped if we stayed in one place for him.

    The white splash on my site is my APC cache, I suspect, but it's so fast I rarely notice.

  17. Jen Mylo
    Key Master
    Posted 3 years ago #

    No worries. I posted what your up to on 4chan. Along with your website.

    Deal with the Internets now.

    @j777: Wow, are you kidding me? I wouldn't ban someone for complaining that something doesn't work right, or even for getting a little snippy -- we can all lose our cool when we are frustrated -- but seriously, setting up someone to be spammed is just not socially acceptable behavior.

    I'm sorry you were not satisfied with your experience here. I see several requests for links and more information from moderators, and replies that were just snotty. People helping here are volunteers. Being polite goes a long way, and getting angry almost never helps, unless you're in some kind of adrenaline-fueled hand-to-hand combat situation. No nunchuks in sight here, so please save the combative attitude for another arena. Thanks!

  18. socaltyger
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Just wanted to chime in that this isn't an isolated issue. After the 3.2 update, I am seeing the same white screen flash issue on every page load. Prior to the update, my site would load normally. Still searching the net for a solution.

    FYI: My site is using a custom theme based off Thematic. The site is my photo blog: http://www.prettygeeky.com

  19. Jason Spatola
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    http://ipstenu.org/
    and
    http://www.prettygeeky.com

    are exhibiting the flash pretty hard. It's pretty ugly (though the sites are otherwise attractive).

    Why is this happening? Are we completely sure this is a 3.2-only issue? Anybody care to downgrade and test?

  20. robsproductions
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I too am experiencing this problem.
    I've upgraded this site to WordPress 3.2: White Flash
    and as you can see it has the white flashes.

    Here's another site I have that hasn't been upgraded with no white flashes:No White Flash

  21. Ruth Maude
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I am having this problem on any of my sites that have Flash (Simpleviewer Plugin)

    http://susangosevitz.com
    http://encausticartist.com/encaustic-gallery/
    http://www.brockirwin.com/
    http://mavericklumber.ca/

    It is simpleviewer that is causing it... This site was flashing as well http://robinschurman.ca but when I deleted the Simpleviewer plugin the page transitions are now smooth. Any of my sites that don't use Flash are fine.

    It isn't a WordPress 3.2 issue as one of these sites is still on WP 3.1 and another is WP 3.1.2

  22. Ruth Maude
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I found this http://wordpress.org/support/topic/white-flashing-when-browsing?replies=7 This was reported as an issue on Flash sites a year ago too.

  23. Ruth Maude
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    It started with WordPress 3.1 one of my sites that I haven't updated yet is fine on WP 3.0

  24. Digital Raindrops
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    They have found a fix over on the Artisteer Forum, I tested it and it works on my website, so created a new topic here:

    HTH

    David

  25. Ruth Maude
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Tried your fix on two sites... cleared my cache and it didn't make a difference. Still flashes white. http://encausticartist.com

  26. Jason Spatola
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    No difference for me, either.

    Ipstenu, socaltyger - care to test?

  27. Digital Raindrops
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I revisited the post on Artisteer, and they are saying that the print.css has to go in the WordPress root directory, so the link would then be.
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="print" href="/print.css" />

    I am not sure but I think the initial load times on my pages has improved, I do get a flash but not as much.

    I have it done here, not convinced, the adSense animated blocks in IE9 have been playing up as well, I wonder if it is a query script issue!
    http://digitalraindrops.net

    Regards

    David

  28. TheZakKelley
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I too am having the same "White Flash" issue since upgrading to 3.2. I tried the print.css, both in the root and theme directories, but they made no difference. I am still seeing the terrible blankness between page loads.

    my wordpress site is here: paperphotographs.com/blog

    If I deactivate ALL of my plugins, I no longer see the issue, but I find that there are only a couple I can reactivate and not cause the white flash. Most of my plugins cause the problem.

    Any other fixes or workarounds floating around out there?

  29. tsalzer
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I found the various "contact me" forms on a dozen different sites, when disabled, eliminated the white flash. YMMV. I do note in passing that I did not find any mention of this problem in WordPress Trac, so perhaps the devs are not aware of the problem yet.

  30. Sorry, I was on vacation (and honestly avoiding this thread since folks had been threatening me. No one pays me to do this).

    The Devs are aware of the situation.

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