WordPress Showing Plain White Page

By | August 8, 2016

You just installed a new wordpress blog and all excited to start writing. But then when you login your administration area only to find plain white page with text without any formatting causing it to be a mess. Re-installing wordpress is a good solution. But is not always required especially if your first installation went through successfully. If it is blank page with no text showing, check your database name, username and password. But if your wordpress installation is displaying plain white page showing a text without any formatting here is a simple tip.

Did you install wordpress through Softaculous, fantastico, Installatron or similar?

Check your .htaccess file.

Sometimes when the wordpress blog installation is done through third party applications, the original .htaccess can be wrongly uploaded or even gone missing. Use the file manager or FTP software like FileZilla to find out if you have the .htacces file inside the folder where you have installed WP.
If not, open a new file in a simple text editor like notepad (windows users) and copy and paste the default .htaccess code from wordpress.org.

Step 1: Copy and Paste the Code into a text file

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# BEGIN WordPress

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

# END WordPress

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Wordpress htaccess code

Step 2: Rename the file name to .htaccess

Windows users will find that, windows won’t allow you to rename a file without the file name before .htaccess. How to rename the .htaccess file then? A simple solution is to save the file in any name (example: untitled.txt). Then open your FTP software (eg: Filezilla) and locate the file through the ftp software and rename it to .htaccess.

Rename WordPress .htaccess file

Step 3: Upload the file to your servers.

Refresh your blog. Now you got that familiar wordpress admin area.

Let me know if this worked for you.