gatsby-source-wordpress error: "An empty string was returned instead of a response when making a GraphQL request."

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

Following the steps at the gatsby wordpress tutorial, I added the necessary plugins to my wordpress and created the gatsby code. Everything is properly fetched, except for posts, I receive the following error:

An empty string was returned instead of a response when making a GraphQL request.
This may indicate that you have a WordPress filter running which is causing WPGraphQL
to return an empty string instead of a response.
Please open an issue with a reproduction at
for more help

Error occurred while updating a single "post" node.


TypeError: Cannot read property ‘post’ of undefined
at fetchAndCreateSingleNode (/Users/bbt/Documents/Work/my-wordpress-gatsby-site-2/node_modules/gatsby-source-wordpress/src/steps/source-nodes/update-nodes/wp-actions/update.js:76:24)
at processTicksAndRejections (internal/process/task_queues.js:95:5)
at wpActionUPDATE (/Users/bbt/Documents/Work/my-wordpress-gatsby-site-2/node_modules/gatsby-source-wordpress/src/steps/source-nodes/update-nodes/wp-actions/update.js:311:20)
at handleWpActions (/Users/bbt/Documents/Work/my-wordpress-gatsby-site-2/node_modules/gatsby-source-wordpress/src/steps/source-nodes/update-nodes/wp-actions/index.js:60:7)
at fetchAndRunWpActions (/Users/bbt/Documents/Work/my-wordpress-gatsby-site-2/node_modules/gatsby-source-wordpress/src/steps/source-nodes/update-nodes/wp-actions/index.js:102:7)
at fetchAndApplyNodeUpdates (/Users/bbt/Documents/Work/my-wordpress-gatsby-site-2/node_modules/gatsby-source-wordpress/src/steps/source-nodes/update-nodes/fetch-node-updates.js:44:36)
at sourceNodes (/Users/bbt/Documents/Work/my-wordpress-gatsby-site-2/node_modules/gatsby-source-wordpress/src/steps/source-nodes/index.ts:60:5)
at runSteps (/Users/bbt/Documents/Work/my-wordpress-gatsby-site-2/node_modules/gatsby-source-wordpress/src/utils/run-steps.ts:41:9)
at runAPI (/Users/bbt/Documents/Work/my-wordpress-gatsby-site-2/node_modules/gatsby/src/utils/api-runner-node.js:462:16)

ERROR #gatsby-source-wordpress_112003


Encountered a critical error when running the sourceNodes.sourceNodes build step.
See above for more information.

Relevant gatsby-config.js:

resolve: `gatsby-source-wordpress`,
       options: {
           process.env.WPGRAPHQL_URL ||
         auth: {
           htaccess: {
             username: `HTACCESS-USERNAME`,
             password: `HTACCESS-PASSWORD`,
         schema: {
           perPage: 5, // making it slow (suggested somewhere)
           requestConcurrency: 5, // making it slow (suggested somewhere)
           previewRequestConcurrency: 2, // making it slow (suggested somewhere)

I can query the post nodes in the wordpress graphQL without a problem, they are there.

Any ideas how to debug this?

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

I solved it the following way — switched off all plugins and it worked. Switched them back one-by-one, and there was a certain plugin (something related to external links, so absolutely not something that was suspicious) that caused the problem. It works since the plugin is switched off.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
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