white screen of death for wordpress

  • Posted on December 19, 2014
  • kolemcraeAsked by kolemcrae

It’s 1am, I have been at this for hours. I am losing so many users.

I am getting the white screen of death at

I am using wordpress. Its a droplet with an install that had a bunch of stuff added later.

Here is what happened:

I got the site up and working beautifully.

There was a permissions issue with uploading images. I fixed it.

Uploading images and the like worked fine. I added a new post, it worked great.

I upgraded wordpress. This worked fine as well.

All was good.

I then deleted a plugin. p3 or whatever.

SO my first thought when I suddenly hit the white screen? It’s the plugin. I go ahead and rename my plugin folder. In most cases this would fix the issue and then I go ahead and reactivate.

No. Of course not. That does NOTHING.

so it’s somehow not plugins.

I then go and rename the theme folder to default to the 2015 theme.

again nothing.

I decided to reupload core wordpress files… I reupload wpadmin and wpconfig


Ok, I try updating index.php

again nothing…

can’t seem to get any kind of debugging thing going. Just a blank white screen.

The files are all there and I am at my wits end.

Please help!

I can’t lose wpcontent and I can’t lose my databases. There are a lot of posts and it would absolutely destroy us if they left. I’m going to try and back up wp content tonight but it will take forever… dunno how to backup the databases, maybe I can figure it out.

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This question was answered by @kolemcrae:

Strange, I thought I deleted this. But yes, I got it working.


First, after several frustrating hours I discovered a random { in the middle of my wp-config file… This is why the debug mode wasn’t working.

I went ahead and removed that. This then finally showed the bugs. YAY BUGS! Those help me actually figure out the problem!

I discovered the new bugs were to do with the theme. So I go ahead and rename the theme folder and my site works!

Good step!

Then I go on to fix the bugs in my theme (at 1:30am I should say) which amounts to minor formatting issues.

Then rename back to theme name and low and behold… it works!

My site is alive!

Thank friggen god.

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