I am trying to call dynamic_sidebar from a plugin page. Whenever I do so, it returns a white page! Any idea why?

What I am trying to do is to save the total sidebar output in a transient. I can get the sidebar output in a variable from the theme files, using this codes:

$sidebar= ob_get_contents();

I can get the data in $sidebar and save it in a transient. But whenever I use this code from a plugin, the plugin admin page returns white screen. It happens whenever I call dynamic_sidebar in my plugin codes, doesn't matter what's before or after.

Does anyone know why? Or any solution please?

  • What debug info do you get? Jul 21, 2014 at 4:22
  • @PieterGoosen My bad. I should have debug before asking a question. It was a syntax error. I was getting sidebar name from a function, which was not returning correctly. Thanks Jul 21, 2014 at 13:48
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    My pleasure. A tip, always enable debug if you develop. Will help you a lot in future Jul 21, 2014 at 13:58

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it's a little difficult to debug something when no errors are being displayed. i'd first check your php error logs, which normally appear in ....\logs\php_error.log or ....\logs\apache_erroe.log depending on your php.ini settings.

chances of getting an immediate answer to your question will be difficult unless you can provide the actual error that's popping up.

  • Thanks, I have solved it by debugging. It was a syntax error. Jul 21, 2014 at 13:49

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