The Jargon File


WSoD is an acronym of White Screen Of Death.

When there is an error in PHP where error reporting is suppressed (which is good security practice), a webpage will frequently throw a blank white screen with no indication of what went wrong without looking in the server logs.

This is (somewhat) affectionately referred to as a white screen of death on the grounds that, well, the screen is white, and the program is dead.
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