Why Is My Website Displaying an Empty WordPress Theme?

It’s been a while since I published an article on my own blog. For those of you who follow me on social media, you may remember that I used to blog quite regularly. It was quite an enjoyable experience, and I even enjoyed writing the articles. However, life got in the way, and I had to make the choice to either continue writing and enjoy my time off, or go back to work full-time.

You may be wondering why your website is displaying an empty wordpress theme. There are a few reasons why this could happen. Most notably, you could have changed your theme settings to only show posts from a certain number of years ago. You could also decide to stop blogging for a while and then come back to it later.

The Empty Blogger Theme

If your website is displaying an empty blogger theme, it means that there are no posts loaded onto the page. The posts are either missing or displayed with a placeholder like this:

Blogger Placeholder

The first thing you should do is check that you actually wrote a blog post. It could be that you recently changed the theme settings on your blog, and instead of showing the post, it now shows the placeholder.

If you did write a blog post and it’s just sitting there with a placeholder, the next step is to review the post to see what’s wrong. Perhaps there’s a glaring error in the post that you need to fix. Or, it could be that you need to write a bit more about the same subject matter to draw more opinions or opinions on it.

The WordPress Query Loop

If you’re using WordPress, it’s quite possible that your website is displaying the empty blogger theme because of the WordPress query loop. Depending on how your site is set up, whenever a user performs a search on one of your search engines, your website could load pages of content. In some cases, this content is duplicated and multiple instances of the same content are loaded onto a single page. When this happens, you’re definitely going to run into the WordPress query loop.

The issue occurs when WordPress starts to loop through and retrieve posts based on the search term a user enters. In most cases, this happens without any user interaction or intervention because WordPress stores all of the search terms in the browser history. In some instances, this could lead to hundreds of useless blog posts being displayed.

To fix this, you need to find the specific post associated with the search term and load this post onto the page. If possible, try and find the original post from before the search term was entered and republish it. In most cases, this is a simple fix and something you can handle on your own. However, in some instances, you could have a really big post with a lot of content, and this is where things get a bit more complicated. When this happens, it’s best to contact WordPress support and have them help you out.

The Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Issue

Depending on how your site is set up and what search engine you use, you could be facing an SEO issue. When this happens, it means that the search algorithms associated with your search engine are having trouble understanding context and are treating your content unfairly. In other words, they are finding your content and thinking it’s relevant to a certain topic even though it’s not.

If you’re using SEO-focused content to draw in and build an audience, you’re going to have a serious issue. When this happens, you need to contact your local SEO firm. The person who handles your SEO account should be able to walk you through a content audit and help you fix any glaring errors in context or wording. 

The Default Blogger Theme

If your site is displaying an empty blogger theme with no posts on it, it means that the theme you’ve chosen is either outdated or not compatible with WordPress. To fix this, you need to find a theme that’s specifically designed for WordPress and ideally, one that’s built on the Divi Framework. This is a free and open-source platform that makes building a website easy and fun.

The great thing about the Divi Framework is that it provides you with all the functionality you need to build a professionally designed website. Ideally, you want to choose a theme that’s both flexible and has a custom design layout. With these two aspects, you’re guaranteed to enjoy your time building your website and not have to worry about functionality later on.

The Permalink Structure Issue

If you created a blog post a while back, but since then have changed the structure of your site or used a different permalink structure, then you could potentially be facing an issue with your permalink structure. If your old permalink structure no longer works, it’s time to find a new one. Luckily, you can find a free and easy-to-use tool called the Permalink Wizard that helps you find the perfect structure for your site.

This tool walks you through a simple question-and-answer session to help you find the perfect permalink.

Checking Specific Search Terms

If you’re wondering why your website is displaying an empty wordpress theme with no posts on it, it may be because you’re using search terms that are causing this issue. To find out, you need to perform a few searches on one of your search engines. When you find a search term that causes this issue, you should be able to pinpoint the post it’s associated with. Once you do, you can remove the search term and hopefully, your empty blog theme will be gone. 

If you have more than one search term causing this issue, it may be time to remove some of them. You don’t want to overload your search engine with too many search terms, as this could cause you to miss out on important searches.