[resolved] Blank site after copying to another folder location (6 posts)

  1. jonmao
    Posted 6 years ago #


    I've just copied a site from my development area to the clients live domain and now the site is blank - can't even get into /wp-admin.

    The site is on the same machine (i.e., same host), all I've done is copy the files to another location.

    Here's what I did (all file copies done by FTP):
    1. Copied all the files from the dev area to my local machine
    2. Then copied all the files to the client's site - which is on the same physical machine as the dev area. i.e., same ISP, same machine
    3. Tried to browse the site -> blank site
    4. Tried to get into wp-admin -> blank site
    5. Realised I forgot to update the Settings. So I logged back into the site in the dev area, changed the WordPress address and the Blog address to the client's domain name.
    6. Tried to browse site and log into wp-admin -> blank site still.

    I've tried:
    - checked the wp-options table in the database to verify the site_url was correct. It is correct.
    - increased memory size in wp-settings.php from 32M to 64M - still blank.
    - checked wp-config.php to make sure the database and user names were correct - they were, I had not changed them since copying so that was expected.
    - renamed the plug-ins folder, created a new empty plugins folder - still blank.
    - tried loading a plain html file. That was ok so I know the virtual host is fine.
    - created a simple php file that just prints hi from php at this URL and that runs just fine.
    - moved dev area site into another folder to ensure the server wasn't looking in the old location. Still blank.

    I'm assuming it's not memory or plug-in related because it was all fine and the machine is the same machine, the site is just in a different location.

    Is there a way to switch WordPress into debug mode so that errors are displayed?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  2. jonmao
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Oh yeah ... if you want to check the site, the address is:


    Thanks again.


  3. Saildude
    Posted 6 years ago #

  4. jonmao
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Thanks Saildude ... I tried those :-(

    I'll check again just in case .. any other ideas?

  5. jonmao
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I went through the instructions on the 'Changing The Site URL' page - still no site, all blank.

    I'm going to check the apache log - or rather, I'm asking someone who has access to that to check it for PHP errors that may be causing this.

    Who'd have though simply changing the URL would cause this?! :-/

    If it were a new hosting environment it might be understandable but this is the same server. All I've done is copy files from one folder to another.

    The database name is the same and on the same server too ...

    Any more ideas people? :-)

  6. jonmao
    Posted 6 years ago #


    Turns out I had a rule in my FTP client (Transmit) that skipped a file that was required for the theme I'm using (Thesis)

    I discovered this by checking the Apache log.

    Thanks for your help ! :-)

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