Laravel blank white screen

My laravel site was working before, I recently upgraded to Apache 2.4 and PHP 5.5.7.

Now I’m getting a white blank screen when I go to laravel.mydomain.com, nothing in apache error logs, routes and etc. should be fine as it worked before.

.htaccess is loading as I get a 500 when I insert an invalid line to /var/sites/laravel/public/.htaccess.

Heres my .htaccess:

$ cat /var/sites/laravel/public/.htaccess
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    <IfModule mod_negotiation.c>
    Options -MultiViews
</IfModule>

RewriteEngine On

# Redirect Trailing Slashes...
RewriteRule ^(.*)/$ /$1 [L,R=301]

# Handle Front Controller...
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^ index.php [L]

Heres my virtual host directive:

DocumentRoot "/var/sites/laravel/public"
ServerName laravel.mydomain.com
<Directory "/var/sites/laravel/public">
    AllowOverride All
    allow from all
    Options +Indexes
    Require all granted
</Directory>

And apachectl -S

$ /usr/local/apache2/bin/apachectl -S
VirtualHost configuration:
*:*                    is a NameVirtualHost
     default server mydomain.com (/usr/local/apache2/conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf:25)
     port * namevhost mydomain.com (/usr/local/apache2/conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf:25)
     port * namevhost laravel.mydomain.com (/usr/local/apache2/conf/extra/httpd-     vhosts.conf:34)
ServerRoot: "/usr/local/apache2"
Main DocumentRoot: "/var/www"
Main ErrorLog: "/usr/local/apache2/logs/error_log"
Mutex rewrite-map: using_defaults
Mutex default: dir="/usr/local/apache2/logs/" mechanism=default
PidFile: "/usr/local/apache2/logs/httpd.pid"
Define: DUMP_VHOSTS
Define: DUMP_RUN_CFG
User: name="daemon" id=1 not_used
Group: name="daemon" id=1 not_used

Answer

Apache

Does this answer describe or help your situation? Upgrading to Apache 2.4 come with some changes in Apache configuration.

Laravel

Are you checking Laravel’s logs or Apache’s logs?

Since upgrading to Laravel 4.1, I’ve had white screen “errors” (WSOD) when the application could not write to the log location. I’ve always solved this by making the app/storage directory writable by Apache (either group writable to “www-data”, “apache” or world-writable – that depends on your server setup.

Web Server User

On Ubuntu/Debian servers, your PHP may be running as user “www-data”. On CentOS/RedHat/Fedora servers, you PHP may be running as user “apache”.

Make sure your files are owned by the user that is running PHP:

# Debian/Ubuntu
$ sudo chown -R www-data /path/to/laravel/files

# CentOS/RedHat/Fedora
$ sudo chown -R apache /path/to/laravel/files

Note that you might not be running as user www-data or apache. It depends on your hosting and setup!

Laravel 4

# Group Writable (Group, User Writable)
$ sudo chmod -R gu+w app/storage

# World-writable (Group, User, Other Writable)
$ sudo chmod -R guo+w app/storage

Laravel 5+ (including 6)

# Group Writable (Group, User Writable)
$ sudo chmod -R gu+w storage

# World-writable (Group, User, Other Writable)
$ sudo chmod -R guo+w storage

#####
# The bootstrap/cache directory may need writing to also
##

# Group Writable (Group, User Writable)
$ sudo chmod -R gu+w bootstrap/cache

# World-writable (Group, User, Other Writable)
$ sudo chmod -R guo+w bootstrap/cache

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