Are Your Guest Bloggers Getting The WordPress White Screen Of Death?

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Now this is something that I’ve seen a time or to and even my Guest Bloggers here on Blazing Minds have had the problem with the dreaded WordPress white screen of death when they have tried to get on to the dashboard to add a guest post.

But is there a way to solve the problem?

The simple answer to that is YES!

There can be many things that cause this to happen, it could be plugins needing an update after you have upgraded to the latest version of WordPress.

It can even be a simple matter of memory on your server and 9 times out of 10 this is the main cause of the problem.

Most of the time a user will either get the dread WordPress white screen of death or they will get the dashboard appear with an error showing:

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 2323020 bytes) in /wp-includes/class-simplepie.php

But don’t worry there is away around this and it’s really easy to do.

How to fix the memory problem with WordPress

  1. You will need to edit the wp-config.php file in your WordPress installation, so load it in to a text editor.
  2. The first line should be <?php after this line add
    define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ’64M’);
    This will give your WordPress installation a little more head room than its default setting, so you are doubling the amount.
  3. Save the updated wp-config.php back to your server and hey presto, your guest bloggers should be back to posting.

This also goes the same if you yourself are having problems with your own Admin Dashboard on WordPress.

What could be causing the problem in the first place?

Usually, this is all caused by memory hungry plugins and those that may need updating to be less hungry with your installation, one which I found to be a terrible culprit of this was Capability Manager a plugin which a few WordPress users use when they would like to give a little friendly usage to their guest poster.

I personally found that after disabling this plugin, everything worked and after adding the code above and then re-enabling the plugin, everything seemed fine again.

But, then another problem arose, I could log in, I could even login with another “dummy” user account but sadly @DrRus couldn’t, so after plenty of deliberation and playing around with plugins etc, I narrowed the offending plugin, Lightbox 2, yes it looks nice but it was even causing a Java script error on IE8 and occasionally on FireFox as well. Suffice to say this was removed!!

So if you are having these problems with your WordPress installation, then don’t just sit there in silence, give any of the above a try, and hopefully it will work for you as well ;)

But remember, check your plugins first as one of these, specially ones that have not been updated for use with the latest version of WordPress could be causing annoying problems.

Note: A Big special thanks to @DrRus for helping me out with logging in on the other side of the world on different browsers and checking if he could log in and working with me to solve the issues and to @BodynSoil for checking on her side if she had problems, many thanks to you both ;)

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Karen Woodham

Karen Woodham

Editor-in-Chief at Blazing Minds
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and bona fide journalist of all sorts of interesting and odd things. She is also a Cinema Film Reviewer, based in Rhyl, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles in The Daily Post Newspaper, Inside Flintshire as well as other publications.
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