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Template name – white screen of death

  • I came across a case of white screen of death after upgrading my WordPress/Buddypress multisite install yesterday to latest versions. Basically, I realized that 2 pages that used to display fine suddenly started yielding a blank screen. All the other pages of the site kept displaying correctly.

    After a few hours of troubleshooting, I narrowed down the problem to the name of the template file that is attached to the displayed page. The theme I am using is Classipress and the name of the template file is “tpl-membership-purchase.php”. If I rename the template file to something simpler, then the page displays as it should.

    I checked as well that this was only happening if buddypress’ latest version was installed.

    I managed to reproduce the problem by
    – installing WP (latest release) + BP (latest release + all wizard default options)
    – activating Twenty-eleven theme (no BP modification)
    – creating a new (very basic) template fille called “tpl-membership-purchase.php”
    – assigning the new template to a newly created page and display the page


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