Can't have Wordpress websites to work with nginx on subdomain, connect() to unix:/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock failed error

Hello, I’m using a droplet to run a couple of static websites, each on their own domains, like:

and so on.

Then, I use the same droplet to test other websites (mainly Wordpress sites), using subdomains this way:


For each of these I added an A record on the dns records management section in the DigitalOcean admin and then a nginx configuration file for each website like this one:

server {
        root /var/www/
        index index.php index.html index.htm;


        location / {
                try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?q=$uri&$args;

        error_page 404 /404.html;

        error_page 500 502 503 504 /50x.html;
        location = /50x.html {
                root /usr/share/nginx/html;

        location ~ \.php$ {
              include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
              include fastcgi_params;
              fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
              fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME /var/www/$fastcgi_script_name;
              fastcgi_param PHP_VALUE post_max_size=20M;
              fastcgi_param PHP_VALUE upload_max_filesize=20M;

When trying to access the url I get an error 404. In the logs there’s this:

2019/02/10 18:26:47 [crit] 9914#9914: *30 connect() to unix:/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock failed (2: No such file or directory) while connecting to upstream, client:, server:, request: “GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1”, upstream: “fastcgi://unix:/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock:”, host: “” 2019/02/10 18:26:47 [error] 9914#9914: *30 open() “/usr/share/nginx/html/50x.html” failed (2: No such file or directory), client:, server:, request: “GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1”, upstream: “fastcgi://unix:/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock”, host: “

I’m not sure what to do. The thing is that till a couple of days ago this setup was actually working. What I did was upgrading the certbot. In doing so I might’ve broken something without realizing it.

Thanks for your help.

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It’s possible php-fpm isn’t started up. Try this. Locate the php-fpm service like this:

systemctl|grep php-fpm

Then start it up:

systemctl start php7.2-fpm

Replace php7.2-fpm with the actual service name from the systemctl listing.