I have an odd problem.

When I render a simple HTML template without any link to the Control Panel, I get the following message on random pages:

An error occurred when rendering a template

Whenever I change I can't seem the remove this error or find the problem / solution.

Also I cannot access the Control Panel.

Can you please help me?


  • Can you enable devMode, reproduce the error, then update your original question with the full stack trace leading up to the error?
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 18:58

2 Answers 2


You can receive this error if you have uploaded a Craft website and your craft/storage/runtime/cache and craft/storage/runtime/complied_templates folders are not writable.

We made these folders writable and resolved the error.


Disk usage over quota is a possible cause for the error message An error occurred when rendering a template in Craft CMS v2.x.

In this case, you will see the same when trying to access the control panel, regardless of dev mode setting.

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