WordPress Blog Blank Pages
Posted by on 16 October 2015 01:02 PM
If your WordPress blog is stalling or not responding, this is most likely the result of a corrupted plugin or theme. When loading the blog in your browser, it will continuously load until it times out; or it will load with a blank page.
If you are using WordPress 3.1.x, incorrect information in your wp-config.php file can cause a white page to appear. If the MySQL username or MySQL password in this file are incorrect, a white page will appear. In previous versions of WordPress this would appear as a "Error establishing a database connection" message, but that is no longer the case with version 3.1.x.
Correcting Database Issues
To fix this issue you must create a new MySQL user and update the wp-config.php file to have the new MySQL username and MySQL Password. Simply locate the following information in that file, and update the bold sections with your new information:
You can easily determine if it is a plugin causing the issue by disabling the plugins temporarily. When a plugin is the issue, it is unlikely you will be able to obtain access to the WordPress Admin Dashboard to disable the plugin. The Dashboard can be accessed by going to your WordPress blog and adding /wp-admin/ onto the end of the URL.
If it is not a plugin issue, it may be a theme related issue. If you have access to the WordPress Admin Dashboard, it is recommended that you simply log in and change your default theme. Some issues can cause you to lose access the WordPress Admin Dashboard; so, in order to change the theme in this case, you should access the database directly using phpMyAdmin.
Changing the Theme