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Blank WordPress site? Here’s the fix!

We’re often asked for WordPress help — it’s a great publishing system, but sometimes things go wrong.

One of the weird glitches we’ve seen results in a completely blank site; the page loads, but there’s a big white space where your beautiful blog should be. If this happens to you, we’re happy to say that the fix is usually pretty simple: just regenerate your .htaccess file.

What’s an .htaccess file?

The .htaccess file is a hidden file in your site’s root directory that helps to create WordPress’s pretty URLs, and often does a whole bunch of handy things in the background every time someone visits one of your posts or pages. It can become corrupted for a number of reasons, but regenerating it is a breeze.

How do I regenerate it?

To regenerate the .htaccess file, just visit the ‘Permalinks’ page under the ‘Settings’ header in your WordPress admin panel, scroll to the bottom, and click ‘Save Changes’ (even though you didn’t make any). That’s it! Visit your homepage and you should find the site’s back up and running.

That didn’t work. Help!

As ever, if that didn’t help, get in touch with us. We’ll get you back up and running before you can say, “Help! My site’s as white as a ghost! I just launched a product today and I’m really desp… oh… You fixed it already. Thanks!”

Posted on 08 December 2010 by Nick.






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