I typically download and install plugins via FTP, but I have installed a few from the web interface. I am trying to move WP from remote to local and I am getting a blank wp-admin screen. I think its one of my plugins causing the problem. I have renamed wp-content/plugins to wp-content/_plugins to disable all the plugins in that folder. But I have plugins installed that do not appear in the plugins folder which I believe are causing this blank wp-admin screen. Please advise.


  • I have searched for this issue and many have indicated this happens from blank spaces at the top and bottom of functions.php. That is not the case here.
    – jim g
    Apr 29, 2011 at 12:06
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    Why don't you try to do the exact same thing for themes? Also enable debug mode in wp-config.php you should get a clearer error message.
    – kovshenin
    Apr 29, 2011 at 12:09

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The two directories, where plugins can be located in line with normal mechanics are:

  • wp-content/plugins
  • wp-content/mu-plugins

Take a look at the answer of @toscho - Symbolic Links on dev box with plugins and stylesheets

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