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Thread began 10/12/2023 3:44 pm by Patrice | Last modified 2/23/2024 5:30 pm by Patrice | 428 views | 28 replies


Here's a tip for anyone trying to debug PHP errors - use the View Source option in the browser to see where the page stops loading.

I've been trying to upgrade an eCart site to PHP8 and was having an issue with the product detail page - even though I'd added error reporting to the page, I was getting the dreaded white screen with no error messages. I then used View Source to see how far the page was loading before it failed, and got this:

<meta charset="utf-8">
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1">
<meta name="description" content="

The meta description was loading information dynamically from the recordset but my previous code wasn't working in php8, so the page stopped loading at the point where the code was included. For info, the old code was this:

<meta name="description" content="<?php echo preg_replace('/(<[^>]*) style=("[^"]+"|\'[^\']+\')([^>]*>)/i', '$1$3',$WADAproducts->getColumnVal("ProductShortDesc",false)); ?>">

I replaced it with this and now everything is working as it should on PHP8:

<meta name="description" content="<?php echo strip_tags(($WADAproducts->getColumnVal("ProductShortDesc", false))); ?>">

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