WordPress Site Showing Gray Instead of Page?

Are you facing issues with your website’s background showing up as grey or black when you preview it in a browser? If so, you are in luck because this post is for you. We will teach you how to change the background color of your WordPress site to suit your needs. More importantly, we will teach you how to troubleshoot and fix this issue so you can continue growing your blog.

Troubleshooting

Before we begin, it’s important to note that there are several situations where this issue can pop up. Below, we will run down the causes of this WordPress site showing grey background issue and how to fix it. Bear in mind that not all of these will apply to your situation but it’s good to know the possibilities.

1. You Have A Dark Theme

If you have a dark theme for your WordPress site then this could be the issue. While it is not necessarily a bad thing to have a dark theme for your blog, if you are experiencing issues with the background color, it could be because you are not using the right template for the dark theme. The templates for dark themes are usually darker than the base theme and can look a little more like a night-time scene. Sometimes it’s easier to just switch to the base theme and see if the issue persists.

2. You Have A Gradient Background

If you have a gradient background for your WordPress site then this could be the issue. It is usually a good idea to avoid using gradients as backgrounds for your site because as we mentioned before, they can sometimes behave strangely. For example, if you are using the Gradient Background plugin for WordPress, then make sure that the colors are a solid color or have some contrast. In addition, make sure that the fade is set to full.]]>

3. Video Background

If you have a video background for your WordPress site then this could be the issue. As we mentioned before, gradients and videos can sometimes clash and bring about issues. In addition, using a video as your background can sometimes cause your site to timeout if visitors have to wait for the video to load. For these reasons, I would recommend avoiding using videos as background images on your WordPress site. It is also worth noting that some people have reported that if the video is larger than the screen resolution, then it can cause display problems in some browsers, especially older versions of IE.

4. You Have A Patterned Background

If you have a patterned background for your WordPress site then this could be the issue. Patterns can sometimes clash with the element BGWIDI (Background with Grid and IDI) that WPBakery uses to create a patterned background. In addition, not all patterns look the same on all devices and monitors so again, it’s worth checking out your site on different devices to see if the pattern looks the same or if there are any problems. For instance, if you have a lot of patterns which repeat themselves, it could look a little messy on a small device such as a phone or a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant). Lastly, make sure that the pattern you use has enough contrast or it can look like a plain old wallpaper.

5. You Have A Mixed Background

If you have a mixed background for your WordPress site then this could be the issue. Backgrounds with multiple colors or patterns can sometimes look weird. It can also cause issues with some browsers if the colors are too close to each other. For instance, using a purple and a blue background can mix up the colors and look like green. It is always best to have single patterns or colors on your site so if you use multiple patterns or colors, it’s worth checking out how it looks in different places. As already mentioned, patterns can sometimes clash with other elements on your site. For example, if you use a floral pattern and have a picture of a flower in the header, then it can cause your site to look a little bit like a mess. For these reasons, it is generally best to avoid using multiple backgrounds on your WordPress site. As always, if you are not sure whether or not to use a gradient, pattern, or video as your background, it’s best to just use the default WordPress white background.

6. You Have A Patterned Background But With The Wrong Color

If you have a patterned background for your WordPress site but the colors do not work well together then this could be the issue. For example, if you use a black and white pattern but the black is a little heavy, it can take the attention away from the white parts and make the site looks a bit like a mess. In some cases, it’s better to just change the pattern altogether. Sometimes a combination of different patterns can help bring about a better visual balance. In most cases, just swapping the colors can help make a big difference. If the pattern is a simple one such as a stripe, the color can be changed easily using the color wheel on your monitor or device. In some cases, it’s worth looking at the hex code of the color to get a better sense of what it is. For instance, if you have a yellow pattern and you want to make it blue, it’s not necessarily that difficult because there are only a few shades of yellow. However, if you have different patterns of green and yellow, it can be more difficult to find a color that suits both of them well. In these situations, it’s usually easier to just change the pattern.

7. You Have A White Background But Without Shading Or The Elements Are Too Light

If you have a white background for your WordPress site but there are no rules for the fonts or colors then this could be the issue. If you use Arial as your font and the text is very light, it can sometimes look a little bit like a ghost town. There are ways to fix this issue using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) but it’s always better to just change the background or try a different font. Sometimes, adding a little bit of texture using a photo in a collage can help give your page a face-lift. In some cases, it’s easier to just change the background color.

8. Your Site Is Not Displaying In A Mobile Friendly Way

If you are viewing your site on a mobile device, then it’s possible that the issue is with the way the site is set up. On a mobile device, pixel-packed designs can look great when you are on a large screen but it can sometimes be difficult to navigate around on a small one. Sometimes it’s easier to just switch to the larger version of the screen and see if the issue persists. The basic rule of thumb is: Make sure your site looks the same everywhere. This can be difficult when you are trying to keep up with everything but with a bit of effort, you can usually make it work. For example, if you use a lot of videos on your site, then it’s worth considering making them all mobile friendly. This can be done using tools like Google’s Responsive Video or responsive videos from Tinjoro.

There are many different reasons why your WordPress site might be showing grey instead of the white background that you designed it to display. The above are just some of the most common causes for this issue. As you can see, changing the background color of your site is not that difficult. In most cases, it is just a matter of finding the right template and switching up the color. If you are still experiencing issues, then it might be time to contact the team at WPBakery to see if they can help. They can be reached at 1-855-WPBARK-YO or via their website, wpbakery.com. In the meantime, remember to keep an eye out for problems and be sure to fix them as soon as you discover them.