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WordPress White Screen of Death (wp-admin blank screen problem)

If anyone out there is experiencing the WordPress white screen of death i.e. when you go to your wordpress wp-admin folder all you see is a blank screen, you may have been hacked.

I had a nasty little hack where link code was being injected into the footer of every rendered page. It was difficult to find as the links that were being injected were injected by an encoded script that had infected several files (especially in my themes folder). I went through each file and deleted the script from them. In this case, if you’re not experienced with code you would be safer to do a full re-install of your blog.

The result of the clean up was that several files had spaces injected into them at the top and bottom of the page. I did a full re-install to restore all the important files in the system and I still was experiencing the blank screen. Obviously wp-config.php wasn’t part of the update and so I cleaned out a blank line on the top of this module and I could finally log back in again.

Hope this helps someone out there.

Note: If you have been hacked, change all of your passwords, database, ftp, wordpress etc. and make sure that all file permissions on your server are set up correctly, be pessimistic.

What is a Blog???

I was delivering a presentation to a group of start ups just before Christmas and one of the class members asked the dreaded question…

“What is a Blog???”

Hmmm, I suppose if she asked it then others were thinking it too.

My simple answer was that it is an abbreviation of Web Log, but of course this is just the label and explains nothing.

In a nutshell a blog is simply a website that facilitates the publication of articles.

According to Wikipedia, a blog is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog).

Blogs are generally organised by date and into user defined categories.  Often blogs present an RSS feed to the web. A RSS feed is a file that contains a synopsis of your latest articles and the links to those articles.  RSS feeds are automatically generated by tools such as WordPress. Other users and sites can then subscribe to the RSS feed in order to be notified of updates to your blog. A podcast is related to a blog in that it presents media to the end user instead of text. I will explain podcasts in greater detail in a subsequent post.

Blogs are a great way to promote your company website as Google likes to check them regularly for updates.  Also, by writing a blog you will get more traffic to your site because you are more keywords and phrases that google can potentially match user searches with. So if you have a company website, you should set up a blog ASAP that you can write about interesting topics that are related to your business.

The best way to learn about blogs is to simply register on wordpress.com and create a blog for yourself to discover all the really cool features inherent in modern blog systems.