July 26, 2006

WordPress Blank Login Screen

It seems that some WordPress users are running into a particular problem — logging into the WordPress control panel gives them a blank screen. (I'd guess that the screen is not actually blank, and that what they're likely getting is a blank white page.) While I'm not having this problem, one solution can be found at the WordPress.org forums by myrab:

The cause was a plugin that WordPress choked on. Apparently that's a common cause of the white screen of death (along with bad themes as indicated in this thread).

In my case I went into the wp-content/plugins directory and realized that the plugin I added most recently was codexsearch.php. I moved it out of the plugins directory and my dashboard started right up the next time I tried.

So, caveat and all. Don't upload plugins promiscuously. In fact I may swear off of them.

I bolded it to make it stand out. While it's good information, who could resist a statement like that, particularly at this late hour? <grin>

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