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  • 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.

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  • Jen


    Community Organizer

    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!

    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:

    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?

    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

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

    It is simpleviewer that is causing it… This site was flashing as well 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

    I found this This was reported as an issue on Flash sites a year ago too.

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

    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:



    Tried your fix on two sites… cleared my cache and it didn’t make a difference. Still flashes white.

    No difference for me, either.

    Ipstenu, socaltyger – care to test?

    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!



    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:

    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?

    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.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    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.

    @ipstenu, thanks for the update. And vacation — especially if it becomes renewal of personal energy — is important! Welcome back 🙂

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