Wordpress Home Page Not Loading After Theme Install

  • Posted on October 14, 2014
  • noodlesAsked by noodles

After installing WordPress on my droplet, activating the required plugins, installing my theme and uploading some demo content, the home page stopped loading.

I went through the following steps:

  1. Created a droplet and installed WordPress on Ubuntu 14.04 using the one-click installer
  2. Use SSH to login to my droplet & obtain the htaccess login details
  3. Setup Wordpress
  4. Used the terminal to increase the max file size upload from 2MB to 20MB
  5. Installed my theme
  6. Installed & activated the all of the required plugins
  7. Uploaded the demo contet provided with the theme
  8. Selected the ‘Static Page’ option in Settings > Reading as specified by the theme documentation.

After refreshing the page, all that is shown is the spinning activity indicator. The theme does not load as it should.

I went through the same steps on my localhost (MAMP) and another hosted server (Dreamhost) and no problems at all.

I suspect it’s a PHP or an Apache setting.

Can anybody help?

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Thanks. Nigha that helped me. cherrs

Thanks for your suggestions. I tried all of them.

  • Updated permalinks twice
  • Ran sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www & restarted apache
  • Checked the log files - no errors

After I set WP_DEBUG to true, the following notices were displayed before the page tries to load the header:

Notice: Undefined index: custom_css in /var/www/wp-content/themes/eventme/header.php on line 82

Notice: Undefined index: custom_css in /var/www/wp-content/themes/eventme/header.php on line 88

The theme is trying to load a large header but instead just shows a spinning activity indicator:

Here is the link to the theme I am trying to install:

It seems like something is preventing the images from loading. As I mentioned before, the exact same setup works on other servers.

Any more ideas?