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  • Silly me went and applied a theme that (I now think) required some plugins (which of course I did not have loaded).

    So…now I have blank screens everywhere – including admin pages so I can’t change the theme back via the normal methods.

    I’m assuming the chosen theme is stored in the database tables somewhere.

    Anyone know where this stuff is stored in the database so I can change the theme back to default in order to add the required plugins?


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  • FWIW, here’s the html generated when going to ANY part of the blog…

    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN”>
    <META http-equiv=Content-Type content=”text/html; charset=windows-1252″></HEAD>

    As you can see, not a lot is happening here. 🙂

    FTP into your server. Navigate to wp-content/themes. Find the troublesome theme folder. Delete it.

    Thanks for the suggestion – I’ll try it tonight.

    From your suggestion I assume that the default theme will be used if a theme is selected but not found?


    A blank white screen is almost certainly a php error with display_errors turned off. Check your servers error_log or the PHP manual for information how you can turn on display_errors.

    Timo – I think that would apply here is it were a *complete* blank white page – meaning, when you view the source code, it is also completely blank. In this case, it’s not – there’s code there. Which means that the theme would be at fault – at least by initial glance.

    However if you delete the theme and still get a blank white page, and viewing the source code shows absolutely nothing, then I would take Timo’s advice. But for now, you *do* have content coming through, which would make it seem the theme is the culprit, not any PHP errors.

    And yes, it’ll revert to the default theme.

    doodlebee: I am too lazy to verify this now, but I am pretty sure IE6 “makes up” the empty document source when it receives an empty response. HTML4.0 Transitional and charset=windows-1252 are strong hints, that this is not WP ouput.

    Of course, the point would be not so much what *I* am seeing it with (which would be firefox as I only use IE for testing), but with what browser *spoon* is getting that code with. Which would make this another case of “a link would be nice.” 😉

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