Blank screen after moving site! (6 posts)

  1. transformer617
    Posted 4 years ago #

    After I moved my site from development server at Bluehost to server at Dreamhost, I get a blank screen -- no error message -- when I call the url. What I've done: transferred WP files from BH to DH; Exported DB from BH; Imported SQL file into new db on DH; changed db information in WP config file; checked new db to be certain all of the data is there; it is.

    Because the site's not yet live (the old site is still using the url) I set up a subdomain on DH and it is mirroring the new site files, also @ DH. This was recommended by DH as a way to save moving anything again once I've pointed the url to the DH folder after I'm finished tweaking before going live.

    Any ideas as to why the screen would be blank instead of showing my brand new website would be appreciated :) This is carrying minimalism to an illogical conclusion.


  2. Did you change the URLs at Settings/General before moving the blog? If not, you'll have to access your WordPress database via phpMyAdmin (most hosting providers offer this in their control panel) and manually change the siteurl and home values.

  3. transformer617
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks, James, for your response. I hadn't changed the site url but have gone in to phpmyadmin and made the change. The screen is still blank though :(

    Maybe you can tell me though, if this could be the problem? The old site is gaiaworkshops.net, and it's still live. I've developed the new wp site on a different host under a folder of the same name, gaiaworkshops.net. The host, Dreamhost, told me to create a subdomain, gaiaworkshops.dreamhosters.com, and have it mirror the wp site at gaiaworkshops.net in order to be able to view the site while I tweak it prior to it going live. I've done this. Could there be a conflict between the live site and this development site because the folders have the same name? If so, any idea how I might proceed?
    Thanks so much

  4. More than likely, it's probably just a plugin or theme functions conflict.

    Try manually resetting your plugins. If that resolves the issue, reactivate each one individually until you find the cause.

    If that does not resolve the issue, access your server via FTP or SFTP, navigate to /wp-content/themes/ and rename the directory of your currently active theme. This will force the Default theme (WordPress 1.5 - 2.9.2) or the Twenty Ten theme (WordPress 3.0 and higher) to activate and hopefully rule-out a theme-specific issue.

  5. transformer617
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi James,
    Thanks again. I followed these instructions to no avail! But I think I may have isolated the issue as a conflict between the live URL and this development site with the same name.

    When I attempted to log in to the WP admin panel, I received the error message that the requested URL didn't exist on this server. So I'm thinking the live site is being called instead of the development site. Possible, you think?
    Thanks a lot for your help; I've saved your answers; they may come in handy sometime in the future when I have a similar problem :)

  6. That's entirely possible. That should have been taken care of by changing the siteurl and home values, unless the domain itself isn't properly configured.

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