What would cause a blog to stop working?

Mar 7, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Our blog has worked fine since we launched it. Now, today its just showing a blank page in Firefox, and an error page in IE. Nothing was changed. Could it be a server issue?

Mar 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM

I would try doing a View Source to see if anything's there ... probably not though.  What error message and/or details are you seeing in IE?

It's probably an error on the server.  If you haven't already, I would restart the blog by making any change to the web.config file (add a space, etc).  That should hopefully get it back up and running again.

Mar 8, 2011 at 3:52 PM

It was the dreaded "root element is missing" error. I looked into the App_data/Posts directory and found an XML file with no data in it. I think that was the culprit. I removed that, then I restarted the blog and it worked after that.