When trying to add a “New Post” in WordPress, I was getting a blank web page. I was getting no error message, no content at all. Even when viewing the page source (in Firefox or in Chrome, right-click on the page and select “View Page Source”) it was empty. When viewing the “network” data in the Chrome Inspector or in Firefox (Tools, Web Developer, Network), no data.

I was logged in as a WordPress user with “Editor” permission. What the …

When I tried to make a new post while I was logged in as an “Administrator” I got the normal WordPress “New Post” page.

Ah, that’s a good clue what the problem is. Something was wrong with how permissions were set.

WordPress knows if you are logged in as a user with permission to add/edit pages or posts. There are many specific permissions that can be assigned to individual users; “editor” is one of the pre-defined sets of permissions, “author” is another. There are also plugins that can help you assign permissions for specific scenarios, permissions to use data for specific plugins, etc.

But first, I tried a simpler approach to resetting the “Editor” permissions for that user. I changed (while logged in as Administrator) the permissions for that user, from “editor” to “administrator”, saved the changes, and changed back to “editor”.  This is done in the Users menu, hover over the user’s login name, and click “edit”.

I don’t know what made the user’s permissions wrong, but that did reset the permissions.

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