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  • Resolved knitvision


    Every theme I go to preview comes up as a white screen. I have the newest version. My system is windows vista and I have both firefox and ie8.
    I have not run into this white out before. Has anyone any idea of reason?

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  • @mercime


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    When you say “newest version” do you mean you are using WP 2.9.2?
    When you say “every theme” does that include the WP Default theme?
    Also, you might have installed a plugin which might be interfering with the preview mode. Have you tried to disable all plugins and see if the same behavior – white out during preview – happens?

    2.9.2 is my version and I have just installed and have not picked a theme. I have not installed anything that wasn’t there after initial install.



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    I have just installed and have not picked a theme.

    Ok, you mentioned that you never had a white screen before in your first post, so I assumed it was more than the basic installation process 🙂
    Reupload WP files and folders, looks like your install’s missing some files.

    I must not be making myself clear. I have no posts. I have just downloaded wp2.9.2 onto my site. I went into themes to try and find a theme. Hit on preview on the different themes and all I get is a white box and no theme preview. It indicates the theme’s name and that it is a preview of that theme, but the box is white and empty.

    I will remove from my site and try another installation (of the default) Just seems strange. I’ll let you know.

    I havr reinstalled and the same is happening so I went into my error console in firefox and this is one of many that I received.

    Warning: Unknown property ‘border-radius’. Declaration dropped.

    Line: 2

    Does this make sense to anyone?

    I am able to see the preview for the wp-classic theme.

    I am suffering with the same problem. When browsing the Themes Directory, drilling down to a theme and clicking the thumbnail the screenshot is not displayed – instead there is a large white space.

    I’ve tried Firefox, Opera, Konqueror and my Android phone. All give the same results.

    I went searching through the docs for wp 2.9.2 and apparently there are only a hand full of themes compatible but that shouldn’t stop even the compatible themes to show their previews. The theme I clicked on first for a preview was ” idiandong ” I’m sure that had nothing to do with it.



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    Search of forums shows a solution – backup files before trying the fix which worked with this user

    The bug appears to have been fixed. Thank you to whomever fixed it.

    Mercine… we were talking about a display problem with the free themes directory. It had nothing to do with any of our WordPress installations.

    The problem seems to have re-appeared today. Is anyone else suffering with the same issue?

    Today is May 6, and I have been having the same problem – I am reviewing themes in my browser window (, I am not installing anything. When I click on the preview button, it opens a blank screen. This is happening in both IE 8.0 and in Firefox (not sure what version number, writing this from my mother’s Mac), is also happening on her Mac in Safari. Repeat: I have installed nothing, am simply attempting to preview themes in my browser window. I am so relieved to find I am not the only one having this problem, but am anxious to see it resolved. I will be unable to choose a theme, until I can preview. Thank you.

    same problem here – on several different computers and browsers

    i.e. white screen when previewing themes the Theme Directory

    I had the problem starting in the late evening yesterday. I tried a number of things to fix it (i.e. – reinstalled WordPress, removed plugins, used different browsers/equipment, checked for errors in code, and tweaked code in some places.) Nothing worked. I found the problem was confined to my self-hosted WordPress installation and not on a site I have hosted @ wordpress. It was this thread that led me to believe the problem wasn’t ours.

    This morning, everything was back to normal. It is working fine for me. I wonder if anyone will be able to report what the issue was exactly.

    could be php memory running low

    1. Try adding this line to your wp-config.php file:
    define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '64M');
    2. If you have access to your PHP.ini file, change the line in PHP.ini
    If your line shows 32M try 64M:
    memory_limit = 64M ; Maximum amount of memory a script may consume (64MB)
    3. If you don't have access to PHP.ini try adding this to an .htaccess file:
    php_value memory_limit 64M

    This problem is resolved. Don’t know how, but it’s fixed now.

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