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I want to move my Wordpress blog to a different server. I dumped the database from the old server and imported it to the new server, and set up the new database details in wp-config.php. I can log in to the admin console online, and I can see all the posts, but if I go to the front page of the blog, the page is just blank. There are no errors in the apache logs. Does anyone have any idea what might be going on?

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Toggle the theme to the default or another theme; rename the plugins folder, reload admin and name it back to plugins; and reset permalinks.

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In my case, this was the solution. Many thanks. –  bortzmeyer Nov 21 '11 at 8:50

Go to http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin/options.php

Look for both the Site URL and Blog URL fields, and make sure the domain name is correct.

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In case you are using Permalinks, try re-setting them in the Settings > Permalinks page.

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I had this issue and confirmed the database was connecting properly but the homepage still showed up blank (empty <body></body> elements).

I resolved it by correcting my paths for WP_SITEURL, WP_CONTENT_DIR and WP_CONTENT_URL in wp-config.php.

  • WP_SITEURL should point directly to the WordPress root folder (one that includes 'wp-admin', 'wp-includes', etc)
  • WP_CONTENT_DIR should point directly to the 'wp-content' folder (one that includes 'plugins', 'themes', 'uploads', etc).

Note: These should be set toward the top of wp-config.php, above the lines for 'Absolute path to the WordPress directory' and 'Sets up WordPress vars and included files'.

Example for wp-config.php:

define('WP_SITEURL', 'http://' . $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'] . '/wordpress');
define('WP_HOME',    'http://' . $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME']);
define('WP_CONTENT_DIR', $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] . '/wordpress/wp-content');
define('WP_CONTENT_URL', 'http://' . $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'] . '/wordpress/wp-content');
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My experience with blank home page.

Sometimes when you are migrating your page you can get blank home page.

I found the problem with the home page not displaying from the base URL. it was because there was a default.html file in the root directory. The old hosting server must had set the order to look for start files to PHP extension as the first default so it ignored the default.html file in the root directory and loaded index.php.

The new hosting server must have the default extension it looks for as an .HTM or .HTML file and was loading the blank default.html file first. Once I deleted the blank default.html file the hosting server started loading the index.php file and displayed the WordPress home page.


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I hope this helps:

  1. If the page is blank, there is an error. It is just being suppressed. Add to wp-config.php: define('WP_DEBUG',true);
  2. I own hundreds of WordPress sites and I have found I enjoy using a tool when possible. Duplicator or Backup Buddy work great for what you are trying to do.

I am new to this site, so if this answer is at all helpful, please let me know.

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