Homepage Works but Pages/Posts shows 404 error (apache)

I’ve successfully migrated to Digital Ocean from Cloudways (was utilizing DO as well).

However, except the homepage every other page shows 404 error. (reference:

I’ve looked online and found a couple of solutions:

  1. Change permalinks to default and then back again to your target URL pattern - Didn’t work.
  2. Check your .htaccess file and disable it to see whether that’s what causing the issue - Checked, nothing wrong with that and also WordPress is able to generate a new .htaccess file - so it has the required persmissions
  3. Check your Apache config and ensure that it includes:

<Directory> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Require all granted </Directory>

where AllowOverride should be set to All…

I’ve checked that as well - both vHost file for the domain and the apache2.conf file contains that piece of code.

Am I missing something else? Is there any other way to resolve the error?

Additional Info: When I change my site permalinks to default i.e (the defaul URL structure of WordPress) - it works fine. That means, the site has been restored perfectly.

P.S: Installed WordPress manually for this domain and I have virtual hosts configured in a 1-click WordPress ubuntu 18.04 droplet.

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Got a response from the official DO support:

Replaced my original .htacess content (generated by WordPress) with this and it worked.

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
# END WordPress

Bobby Iliev
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October 18, 2021


Just came across this question and wanted to mention one more thing to what has already been said. You would also need to make sure that you have Mod Rewrite enabled in order for the .htaccess rules to work:

sudo a2enmod rewrite

After enabling the module, run an Apache config test:

sudo apache2ctl -t

And if you get Syntax OK then make sure to restart Apache:

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Regards, Bobby

Thanks. it worked for me.

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