How to Fix the WordPress White Screen of Death

>How to Fix the WordPress White Screen of Death
  • How to Fix the WordPress White Screen of Death

A lot of people have encountered the WordPress white screen of death at least once. This is a very frustrating and annoying issue, especially when it locks you out of your admin panel.

Sometimes, the white screen of death may affect only a certain area of your website, like a post, for example, so you might not even notice it.

WordPress white screen of death fix

Usually, there are three things that can trigger the WordPress white screen of death: exhausted memory, plugins, or your theme.

Exhausted memory

Most of the times, this is the reason for the problem. In order to increase your PHP memory, go into your wp-config.php located in the WordPress root directory, and in the main PHP tag, add this line of code: define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '64M'). This will increase your memory limit to 64 MB. You can go higher than 64 MB, but it depends on the server.

Note that this may not work if your host won’t allow you to increase your memory limit, so you might want to check with them as well, just to be sure.

Plugin related

If you recently installed or updated a plugin, then you might want to start with that, so deactivate it and see what happens. If that doesn’t do the trick, then deactivate all the plugins and enable then one by one while checking things out.

1. If you have access to your Dashboard

In order to deactivate all the plugins, go to Plugins (of course) -> tick the box next to Plugin (under Bulk Actions) -> choose Deactivate from Bulk Actions -> hit Apply.


2. If you don’t have access to your Dashboard

Then you have to deactivate the plugin(s) directly from your FTP. To do that, you can use a FTP client, like SmartFTP or FileZilla, or use your host’s file manager. Read this comprehensive guide on how to access your WordPress files.

Once you are on your FTP, go to the /wp-content/ folder and click on it. Then, some sub-folders will appear, plugins being one of them. Now, rename the plugins folder whatever you like. For example, plugins_disabled.


If you now have access to your /wp-admin/ (or whatever you called it for security reasons), it means that it’s a plugin issue. You can now go to your FTP again, change “plugins_disabled” back to plugins, and start deactivating the plugins (using the same methodology) one by one in order to spot the troublemaker.

Theme related

If none of the above solutions fixed your WordPress white screen of death, then it might be a problem with your theme’s coding.

1. If you have access to your Dashboard

First of all, it’s always a good idea to create a backup before making changes, even minor ones like these.

Now, go to Appearance -> Themes -> activate the Twenty Fourteen theme. Check to see if the problem persists, of course.

2. If you don’t have access to your Dashboard.

Go to the /wp-content/ again, but this time at the themes folder. Rename your theme’s folder like you did to the plugins folder. This will make WordPress automatically activate the default theme.

DON’T rename the whole themes folder, just your theme’s folder, which is inside the themes.

If the white screen of death is caused by your theme’s coding, then it has something to do with the functions.php file (usually).

If you don’t know coding, and you’re not confident that you can fix the issue yourself, contact the theme’s author.

Don’t forget to go back and change your theme folder’s name to the way it was!

If this happens on your other sites as well

If you have multiple sites on the same hosting, and all of them are affected by the WordPress white screen of death, then you can assume that there are some issues with the hosting, so contact them.


This problem is common, annoying and very frustrating, but I really hope one of these solutions will help you out. If they don’t, I suggest talking to your hosting support, which might give you a hand, or to a professional.

Don’t forget to share and help other people out!

By | 2018-03-08T20:46:36+00:00 November 26th, 2014|Fix|0 Comments

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