WordPress Stalling/Giving Blank Page
Posted by SEOWH Admin on 29 January 2015 03:16 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. Not cool!
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.
Correcting Database Issues
To fix this up, create a new MySQL user and update the 'wp-config.php' file to 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 a plugin is what's causing the issue by simply disabling all plugins. When a plugin is the issue, it is unlikely you will be able to 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 a plugin isn't what's causing the problems, it may be related to your theme. If you have access to the WordPress Admin Dashboard, it is recommended that you simply log in and change your default theme to test this. 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.
Change the Theme with PHPMyAdmin
To determine which database WordPress is configured to: