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How to Fix the WordPress White Screen of Death

If you have been using WordPress for a few years, then you have encountered the white screen of death at least once. The WordPress white screen of death is one of those extremely annoying problems like error establishing a database connection. The reason why this issue is frustrating for users is because it locks you out of your WordPress admin panel. Because there is no error output in most cases, you are left clueless to figure out what is the issue. The worst thing about white screen of death is that sometimes it will only affect a certain part of your site. For example, you may only see the white screen of death on your WordPress admin while everything else works fine. In other cases, you may only see it on a specific post whereas everything else runs just fine. In this article, we will show you how to fix the WordPress white screen of death by looking at a few possible solutions.

Note: Before you make any changes to your site, make sure you have sufficient backups.

Why do you get this error?

Majority of the time when you see a white screen of death, it means that you exhausted the memory limit. This could be caused by a plugin that you may be using that is not functioning properly. It could also be caused by a poorly coded theme that you are using. It could also mean that there is an issue with your web hosting server. Since the problem can be caused by any number of things, it may require a lot of troubleshooting.

Does the problem occur on your other sites?

If you have multiple sites, then the first thing you should do is to make sure that the white screen of death is happening across the board or just on this one domain. If the issue is with all of your sites, then it is a strong indicator that your web hosting provider is having some issues. However, if the issue is only with one of your sites, then this could be an issue with a plugin or theme that you are running. If the issue is only happening with a single post or page, then you know it is definitely a problem with your specific site.

Increasing the Memory Limit

Usually this issue happens because your memory is being exhausted. Use our tutorial on how to increase PHP memory in WordPress.

Disabling All Plugins

If increasing the memory limit did not help, or if you have a high memory limit like 256M or 512M, then you need to start troubleshooting. In our experience of troubleshooting this issue, we have always found that the issue is either with a specific plugin or a theme. Let’s go ahead and disable all the plugins.

Use these instructions on how to deactivate all WordPress plugins at once.

If this fixes the issue, then enable one plugin at a time to get to the bottom of the issue.

Replace Theme with a Default Theme

If the plugin troubleshooting doesn’t fix the issue, then you should try replacing your current theme with a default twenty ten theme. The best way to do this is by backing up your theme folder. Then deleting the theme. WordPress will automatically fall back to the default theme.

Alternatively, you can go in your phpMyAdmin and update the database tables in wp_options table. The following table names would have to be updated:

template, stylesheet, and current_theme. Change the value to twentyeleven.

If this fixes the issue, then you should look at your theme’s functions.php file. If there are extra spaces at the bottom, then you should consider fixing it. If you are using a poorly coded function in your theme’s functions.php file, then it can cause this as well.

Other Fixes

If none of the above fixes it, then you should try to re-install a fresh copy of WordPress. While it is unlikely, but it is always possible that a core file may have been corrupted.

You can also use the WordPress debug function to see what type of errors are being outputted. Add the following code in your wp-config.php file.

error_reporting(E_ALL); ini_set('display_errors', 1);

define( 'WP_DEBUG', true);

Once you add this, the blank screen will now have errors, warnings, and notices. These may be able to help you determine the root cause.

Sometimes, you may have access to the backend, but the front-end of the site has white screen of death. This can happen because of a caching plugin. Simply empty your cache.

If you have a white screen of death only on a very long post page, then you should also try to clearing cache. Another trick that we have found to work is increasing the recursion and backtrack limit. You can paste the following code in your wp-config.php file. Or in some servers you will be required to modify your PHP.INI file.

/** Trick for long posts */

We understand that this is a very frustrating error, and we hope that one of the tricks above fixed the issue for you. What have you tried that seemed to work for you? If you found another solution to work, then please let us know. We would be happy to expand on this resource, so others do not have to waste as much time finding a solution.

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  1. Omar Sirwan says:

    I solved it…
    I tried those:
    define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ’64M’);
    Change Plugins name
    Check white spaces
    Increase memory
    Change Theme
    Upload new wp-admin
    And everything related to plugins

    Finally I downloaded my wp-config using FTP. Opened it with notepad++ and save it again with the encoding utf-8… It was utf-8 BOM.

  2. Linda says:

    My page does not work! it shows SERVER ERROR 500. and i am unable to log into the admin

  3. Andreas says:

    Thank you, changing the SiteURL did the job.
    What a weird bug…

  4. Girish says:

    I am telling you i cannot access my wp-admin page how i am suppose to disable plugin and change the theme.

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Simply connect to your website using an FTP client and rename the plugins folder to plugins-old. This will deactivate your plugins directory.

  5. Madeleine Landley says:

    This is one of the most extensive guides I found so far – with easy tutorials on how to solve it. I like it!

    I’m actually only missing one thing causing WSOD and that is extra spaces in the code, usually in functions.php, header.php, single.php etc. I’ve found this error causing most of the white screens I’ve resolved. The extra spaces are usually at the end of the file, after a closing ?>, used instead of tabs and on line breaks (empty rows).

    Thanks for a great guide.

  6. Michael Silva says:

    After some changes (failures !!) in the code of a plugin did the famous White wp screen with the following message “Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘the’ (T_STRING) in / home / velafati / public_html / wp-content /plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-countries.php on line 436 ”
    How to know where the problem had been entered in the file “class-wc-countries.php” through cpanel and replace all the code for the original code (had recorded the original code in Notepad). The problem is that even after upgrading to the problem folder remains, what should I do?

  7. viki sangre says:

    I have the same issue. I have made no changes to my website but when I saw my website in the morning it show white blank screen. I haven’t updated any plugin.

    Backend is working well.

    Any help please!!

    • viki sangre says:

      I updated my wordpress with latest version and every things gonna fine. I think automatically updation of wordpress also cause a problem.

  8. Hansel says:

    Hi Guys,

    I got some white space page issue in our wordpress page and did below troubleshooting but still no luck. It’s also weird that I don’t get any error.log that’s why it’s kinda hard to know the exact issue. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks Guys.

    Troubleshooting made:
    Disabled all plugins
    tried to use the default theme
    restarted apache2

  9. Sabina says:

    I fixed it! It was a plug in. Do NOT update the Yuzo plug in if you currently have it!

  10. Sabina says:

    Please help!!! I think I’m gonna die! I get the white screen and I cannot get to my admin page. Everything is white :(:(:( Please, please tell me step by step what I should do not to mess things even more!
    Thank you!

  11. Naomi says:

    I experienced the white screen of death tonight and I couldn’t access my login, website, or any of the pages. I fixed it by going to hosting site and pulling up the file manager. I was able to edit the code I had misplaced through the files on the hosting site and then my site came back up!

  12. Lee Binder says:

    In our case it was problems with cron, either WP cron or the server’s cron service. “Fixed”/ worked-around with the WP Delay Cron Plugin

  13. Thomas says:

    Hi all, I have the same error but cant even access the login page for my site! Any ideas on what i could do? Thanks!

    • calvin says:

      I had the same issue, it was a plugin. went to the cpanel, then file manager, public html folder and on right side, right click on “error log” to view error. Plugin causing error was renamed and whala… I could get to the dashboard.

      Hope this helps you and others!

  14. Bomi says:

    This should be the firt option if you only have access to FTP, it will tell you exactly which file is messed up. Thanks.

    error_reporting(E_ALL); ini_set(‘display_errors’, 1);
    define( ‘WP_DEBUG’, true);

  15. Kay says:

    I get an error message that says Site can nor be accessed. Disconnect site. When I click on admin the screen goes white. Please help!

  16. Andy says:

    I had this problem with my installation (white screen only on WP-admin. I eventually solved it by using the debug tools in the browser (hit F12 in most browsers). Using the console view in the debug I could see that there was some sort of error in a frame that was being used.

    I haven’t got to the bottom of this yet but I was able to access the login page and access wp-admin by switching my re-directed URL for the raw IP address. I expect I have mucked up the re-direct in some way but I’m just relieved to have fixed it to be honest!

    Hope this helps someone else!

  17. Jacob J says:

    The error reporting thing solved my problem. Knew I had a misplaced code in there somewhere, and those few lines in the config file showed me where. Thanks a lot. /Jacob

  18. dinesh Kumar says:

    thanks a lot i found error wp_debug already defined and resolved this error and also installed new theme now my site is opening but i can’t access my admin page when i type admin url it’s showing it’s not redirecting properly

  19. Kaley Basham says:

    Ok, so I replaced the theme by replacing the current_theme, template and stylesheet in PHPmyAdmin to twentyeleven and it fixed the white screen of death issue. Now I checked my functions.php document and I had no extra spaces in the end.

    So now what?!?!??? Thanks for any help!!

  20. Adria says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! It was one of the Whatsapp Plug-ins which was causing an issue. I can now sleep peacefully tonight – my site is up and running again.

  21. Timothy says:

    Thanks for this. I ran the error code and found a malicious file. link-template.suspected.

    I removed the file and replaced it with a new one that I had downloaded and that fixed.

    All this after going through every other thing to no avail.

    Replacing the bad file got things back.

  22. stef says:

    Thanks, debug mode works great i could find the faulty php script

  23. Hugo says:

    The blank screen can also be caused by using the wrong version of php. PHP 5.2 has cause me trouble in the past, changing to 5.4 fixed it. Be sure to check this if all else fails.

    • Kelly says:

      Another vote for PHP version. I tried almost everything and was about to replace the theme when I gave this a go. Upgraded to 5.5 and like magic, it was fixed! Thanks Hugo.

  24. Bobby says:

    Coded my own theme and had blank screen when trying to update posts and pages, deleting spaces at the bottom of my functions file solved the issue! :)

  25. Jonas Holm says:

    I went through all the above steps without succes. I downgraded PHP 5.6 to 5.3 on my providers PHP-admin-page. That solved my problem.

  26. Grace says:

    I’ve read through all of this but sadly my problem is that I can’t even log on anymore – I got the white screen of death but it says that when you try to go onto my page and when I even try to go to the WordPress dashboard (via Godaddy). I now have absolutely no way to log on to my wordpress – not sure what to do!

  27. Tawanda says:

    I just fixed this problem, it was a caching issue. If you go to your wp-config.php file then remove the code just above the define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘your_db_name’);

    This should work, as it worked for me

    • Nhan Nguyen says:

      It worked fine for me. Many thanks.

    • jake says:

      No code there

    • Jan Fallon says:

      I had the WP CACHE code in my wp-config.php file – just above the define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘your_db_name’); as stated by TAWANDA and removed it – and so far my home page, which was completely white, is holding!

      I could log in via admin, and saw all my content, but at the URL the home page was white.

      FIXED with crossed fingers!

      Many thanks wpbeginner crowd!


  28. Juan Jose Hernandez Cruz says:

    I cannot even log in I have a blank screen. what do you suggest please help

  29. Sam says:

    Had this same problem when updating my wordpress plug-ins. I accidently clicked on a link while a couple of plug-ins were updating. The site was okay but could not get into the admin section. Log-in was blank. After reading this article tried changing the plug-ins file name. Admin was still blank and site now wouldn’t load. Change the plug-in folder back to its correct name.
    I didn’t delete the theme since this would be a headache to ressurect, I have text widget areas with code and all of this would delete. Instead skipped to the error fix, under “other suggestions” and placed the script in the wp-config.php file. An error popped up for a “google analytics plug-in”. I ftp’d in and changed the name of the folder for that plug-in which fixed the problem.
    I could now log-in to the admin area. I then checked the name of the plug-in and found the plug-in through the wordpress “new plug-in” feature. Loaded it in then deleted it. Did this to clear it out of the database. Haven’t reinstalled it yet. Enough headaches for one day ;)
    Hope this helps someone…

  30. Paola says:

    I have a problem inside my WordPress admin panel. I can get in but then I get the
    white screen of death when I try to edit comments and the like and I cannot
    seem to get to use my dashboard. I have tried deactivating plugins and also
    re-installing a fresh copy of WordPress but this didn’t seem to help. I also tried replacing my
    current theme with a default twenty ten theme but that seemed difficult and I
    am not sure I was able to do so. The article also suggested
    using the WordPress debug function to see what type of errors are being
    outputted. I did manage to add the suggested code in my wp-config.php file and
    I got some messages but I am not very good with code so I don’t really
    understand what is being said. Any suggestions?

  31. Pat says:

    I tried everything listed on this post to no avail. I finally found the
    fix for my situation! My problem was related to an older versions of
    WP: 3.3.1.

    I looked at the error_log file in the wp-admin
    directory and saw the following error: “PHP Fatal error: Access to
    undeclared static property: WP_Screen::$this in
    /home2/bellex/public_html/wp-admin/includes/screen.php on line 706”

    I had things setup using the WordPress debug function described above.

    Anyhow this error led me to a website that directed me on how to alter the screen.php file. See this site for details:

  32. Gerle Haggard says:

    Like Nese, this simply explained solution was the answer, Thank you, thank you!

  33. Steven says:

    Remove the extra spaces at the bottom of function.php save my life! Many Thanks!

  34. WPBeginner Staff says:

    Yes you can delete and reinstall a theme. However, you will also loose any other customizations you made to the theme.

  35. Veronca says:

    Thanks a lot for the help. I add some code to my Cron Job. I deactivated all my network plugins and asked hostgator to increase my memory. The last thing I need is the white screen of death during production. My site has been down all day, but now its back up. THANKS AGAIN!!

  36. Bboo says:

    Can I just delete the the entire theme file. And re-install it? Will that fix the white screen? I was working on the .php, but now looking at the files, i have NO IDEA which one i was in!!

  37. Nese says:

    Thank you so much. This post and this comment solved it for me.
    You’ve made my day.

  38. Bboo says:

    How is everyone having to option to see pages?? When I login I ONLY see BLANK PAGE. No options, no links, no files. NOTHING!! Someone please help!!

  39. WPBeginner Staff says:

    You can use an FTP client to access files on your web server. Locate the file you edited earlier and undo the changes you made to it.

    You can also use the File Manager in your web hosting account’s cPanel dashboard.

  40. WPBeginner Staff says:

    You can use the File Manager from your cPanel account to edit the php file.

  41. Morgan says:

    I fixed my white screen of death by deleting the code I had written just before it crashed. I did that through the Bluehost file manager. I found my website file (the wordpress install file), then went into wp content, found the theme I was using, then opened the functions file (to fix the theme’s function .php file).

  42. Morgan says:

    I just found this article about how to do things on the site through Bluehost. But since I know it’s not a plugin problem; I know it’s my .php file, is there something else I can do? Is there an outside way to access my .php file (via Bluehost)? I’m sorry but I am freaking out over here.

  43. Morgan says:

    Hi, thank you for telling me what this is. I tried putting in the code from your how-to-avoid-no-thumbnail-issue-while-sharing-post-on-facebook post, and I’m sure I’ve corrupted a file doing something wrong. I can’t get anywhere, it’s all white. How do I disable plugins or go to a default theme this way? I’m going to lose so much work, aren’t I?!???

  44. Mark says:

    Rather than deleting a potentially broken theme, you can just rename it. WordPress will still fall back to a default and it saves the bother of backing up & deleting.

  45. imLOST says:

    I had extra spaces at the bottom of my functions.php file.

    After the closing ?> tag. Cleared them up and all was good! :D

  46. Hasan Shahzad says:

    I have got it fixed by renaming plugins folder to plugin, WordPress deactivated my all plugins and I was able to access WP-Admin, I tried to activate all plugins manually, however one plugin returned fatal error while activating itself “(include_path=’.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php’)” Then I got it, that plugin was creating mess. Now my blog works fine.

  47. WPBeginner Staff says:
  48. Beetzy Chase says:

    Thank you for the article. I did fix my site. Your article just got my fix it thoughts going in the correct direction, nice reads like this make programming a little less lonely :-)

  49. gaurav says:

    Hi Admin,

    please help

    Just Now I got an error. my wordpress site is not working even wp-admin also not working, i was doing some changes on footer and have done small change. after saving my wordpress editor. my site not opening and also wp-admin not opening,

    I am getting this error Parse error:

    syntax error, unexpected end of file in /home/content/p3pnexwpnas01_data02/60/2213460/html/wp-content/themes/fashionistas/functions.php on line 295

    i am using wordpress managed hosting from godaddy.

    When i am trying to open wordpress admin and my website. both are not opening, returning that error only .

    Please help.

    Thanks in advance

  50. Anindyo Yudhistiro says:

    I have add

    error_reporting(E_ALL); ini_set(‘display_errors’, 1);
    define( ‘WP_DEBUG’, true);

    on my wp-config file, but still didn’t get the error..

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