site/wp-admin is a blank screen. dashboard is gone after trying to move servers. (4 posts)

  1. johnnylung
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Let me me preface this with super noob status. Not sure where to start, so these are the exact steps I took that lead to the mistakes. I wanted to move a site from one server to another, I thought I read enough on how to do it. I shouldn't have tried.

    1) Once my site on server 1 was complete, I changed the wordpress address and site address like instructed in http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress.

    2) When I did this, I could no longer link to the site.

    3) I took the entire WP installation folder and made a copy on my hard drive.

    4) I attempted to just upload that entire folder to server 2 via FTP which hosted a WP site I had just redesigned. I changed the wp-config file to the setting on the wp-config file that was being replaced. This did nothing.

    5) After numerous tries to make the new site live on Server 2, I basically just restored the original site. It is now working. http://columbus.iabc.com

    6) I thought I could just do the same to server 1. I basically just took my entire WP folder I had downloaded and uploaded it back via FTP to the subdomain it was always under. It did not work.

    7) I edited the wp-config file by adding:
    to it in hopes that it would at least get the site up and running. that worked.

    8) The site itself is working. When I go to http://stagedoor.mybigtimestuff.com/wp-admin, nothing shows up. It is a blank screen.

    9) If I go to http://stagedoor.mybigtimestuff.com/wp-login.php, the login window comes up, but after I log it it takes me to a blank screen. No warnings or errors or anything. Just a blank screen.

    All i would like to do is get the site back up and running on server 1, with admin capabilities.

    I know there are probably a laundry list of mistakes I made, but any help for someone who tried to do too much and stuff over his head would be very much appreciated. Thanks.


  2. deepbevel
    Posted 3 years ago #

    If all else fails, you could try re-uploading fresh copies of all wp install files EXCEPT THE WP CONTENT FOLDER.

  3. johnnylung
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I gave that a shot, but still nothing. What controls the login screen? Would it be in the wp-config file? Or is it something else entirely? I'm at a loss.

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Try looking in your server's error logs for clues. Just about anything could cause the symptoms that you are experiencing.

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