For reference, I am using the guide linked by this sentence.. The issues arise when it comes if my PHP is working. I installed Apache from scratch, as well as Nginx.

Using this command (sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/example), I put in this as the configuration:

server {
        listen   80; 

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


        location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php;

        location ~ \.php$ {

        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP  $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header Host $host;


         location ~ /\.ht {
                deny all;

I then activated the virtual Nginx host, and deleted the default server block. Next I installed Apache. The first thing I did was (sudo nano /etc/apache2/ports.conf) in order to open the port file. I changed [Listen 80] to [NameVirtualHost Listen].

I then had to copy the layout from the default apache configuration file. The tutorial told me to use (sudo cp /etc/apache2/sites-available/default), but after looking it up, I was told the new default conf. file is (sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf ). So I copy this file to (/etc/apache2/sites-available/example) and then using nano, I edit <VirtualHost *:80> to <VirtualHost>.

Before, when I used (sudo a2ensite example), it would say the a2ensite example didnt exist. To fix this, I had to add .conf to the end of /etc/apache2/sites-available/example. Is this correct?

Afterwords, I used ( sudo apt-get install php5) to get php5. This is where my issue comes in which so far I have found no solution to. After restarting both Apache and Nginx, when I create the php file with (sudo nano /var/www/info.php) , I try and visit the file in MYIPADDRESS/info.php and all it shows me is info.php in plain text!

Using (sudo netstat -plunt), I can see that my ports are correct. So I assume this is an error with my PHP compatability. I have been looking at this issue all day, and frankly, I think I’ve gone bald from how much stress I have gotten from it. I am using Ubuntu 14.04 for reference.

edited by kamaln7

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This usually happens when there is no PHP handler configured. You could, for example, use Mod PHP:

sudo apt install libapache2-mod-php

Then restart Apache again:

systemctl restart apache2

That why Apache would ‘know’ how to handle those PHP files rather than displaying them in plain text.

Of course, there are better PHP handlers like PHP-FPM that you could use instead of the good old Mod PHP.


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