Blank white screen on the wp-admin page

WordpressIt’s fair to say this blog has been quiet lately, there are two reasons for that. Decemeber I chose to do nothing at all except laze around and relax, but more importantly my wordpress dashbaord decided it would show nothing but a blank screen on the wp-admin page after I’d logged in, leaving me with no way of updating it at all.

Anyway, as here I am typing again, you may of guessed that I fixed the problem, so today’s post is to assist anyone else who has suffered a WP-Admin blank white screen after logging in.

I had no problem logging into WordPress, the problems started after I’d logged in and all I saw was a blank page, at that point there is nothing else you can do, without use of the dashboard, it makes the back-end of WP useless.

My first idea was to ftp over the latest version of wordpress, in the hope that changing all the old files would resolve the issue. Unfortunately it didn’t help, I was still faced with a blank white screen

I searched around on Google for advice and found lots of evidence to suggest that plugins often have a conflict, and they should all be deactivated before trying to resolve any wordpress problems. The trouble is, without the dashboard working, how do you deactivate the plugins ?

The answer can be found here – WordPress Support

Sometimes it may be necessary to deactivate all plugins, but you can’t access the administrative menus to do so. One of two methods are available to deactivate all plugins.

Use phpMyAdmin to deactivate all plugins.

In the table wp_options, under the option_name column (field) find the active_plugins row
Change the option_value field to: a:0:{}

If you don’t know how to access your phpMyAdmin, then this isn’t a task for you. Ask your webhost support or someone who knows php well, it’s actually very simple.  I copied the coding that was in the option_value field and pasted it into a notepad file, just in case.

Once I’d deactivated all the plugins using the method above, I managed to log straight in, and see the regular wordpress dashboard instead of a plain, blank white screen. I immediatley updated to the latest version of wordpress, which installed no problem, and then viewed the plugins page and also updated all plugins to their latest versions.
After that I went through the plugins and re-activated the ones I wanted to use, and everything was fine from there after, hence my new blog post.

I’ve always been a huge fan of WordPress, I now use it on every website I can, and this little issue was a pain, but it certainly won’t stop me from using it again. The plugins do sometimes cause conflicts, so always best to try and deactivate them, ensure you are using the latest WP version and try to pinpoint the problem from there.