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  • Am just about to pull my hair out!

    I have tried all there is to but before i re-install the whole WP or knock doors at my hosting provider, kindly if you know how assist me resolve the WSOD.

    I have renamed the file so that WP does not pick on it but still… #WSOD

    I had initially installed some cool templates and activated one of the beautiful ones. However, I deleted them all and remained with the default {2012 theme}. Still… #WSOD



    Blank space in some specific files.

    File permissions.


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  • I finally think I’ve solved the White Screen of Death from PHP out of memory Fatal Errors.

    Full details here:

    If setting the WordPress and PHP memory limits doesn’t work for you, try adding/edditing the following line in either your Apache conf files. I didn’t have access to those, so I added the following line to the.htaccess file in my WP server’s document root:

    RLimitMEM max

    Many hosts have set limits on each user on shared-use servers. The above setting will unfetter your server and banish the WSOD.

    Also login to your database and check to ensure your DB is not running with a lot of overhead if so optimize your tables.

    Finally the most important thing in order to actually fix a WSOD is to tell exactly how you got there. Were you…

    1. Upgrading the core?
    2. Upgrading the theme?
    3. Upgrading a plugin?
    4. Installing a plugin?

    In my experience there is always a root cause and this is the start of fixing the WSOD

    I am about to abandon my self-hosted website. I have uploaded a theme and added some plugins and now I have the WSOD. I have renamed the plugins folder to plugins.hold, added index.html, index.htm, index.php to the directory index and still WSOD. Please help I am so desperate. My website won’t open as well. But when I try to post from my iphone app, I am able to see the content. Please help.



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    – switching to the Twenty Eleven theme by renaming your current theme’s folder inside wp-content/themes and adding “-old” to the end of the folder name using FTP or whatever file management application your host provides.

    – re-uploading all files & folders – except the wp-content folder – from a fresh download of WordPress.

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