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WordPress Debugging Hack For WordPress ‘white screen of death’

“WordPress white screen of death” sound dreaded, here’s a quick hack that allows me to quickly switch on debug mode when needed. The hack is in three versions: First is a simple one that you can copy in wp-config.php:

if ( isset($_GET['debug']) && $_GET['debug'] == 'debug')
  define('WP_DEBUG', true);

Second, one can also be copied in wp-config.php, and it checks for the admin account to get you debug access:

global $current_user;
if( isset( $_GET[ 'debug' ] ) && $_GET[ 'debug' ] == 'secret' && $current_user->user_level > 7  )
 define( 'WP_DEBUG', true );

Third, on is in the form of a plugin, that you can either copy in your functions.php or create a simple plugin file using following code:

add_action( 'init', 'my_debug');
function my_debug() {
   if( current_user_can('update_plugins')
       && isset( $_GET['debug'] )
       && $_GET['debug'] == 'secret'
       && !defined( 'WP_DEBUG' )
   ) { define( 'WP_DEBUG', true ); }

Now, if open any page, and if something goes wrong there, like a white screen of death, — just add ?debug=debug to its URL and see what’s causing the trouble. Note: Change the second ‘debug’ to a key of your own, so not everyone out there can open debug mode on your blog.


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