MediaWiki installation not working

I’ve been following this guide on downloading and installing MediaWiki on a Digital Ocean droplet. I’m pretty much at the end and my MediaWiki site loads, but without the skin. I’ve installed the skin both via wget and tried uploading it manually. I’ve put it into the /skins folder and MediaWiki does recognise that the skin is there.

When I add wfLoadSkin( ‘Vector’ ); to my LocalSettings.php file to activate the skin, however, the MediaWiki website crashes and I get a 500 error whenever I try to access it.

I’ve also tried with MonoBook and other skins and get the same result. Anyone know what the issue could be? I think I’m doing everything as I should be.

Does anyone have any idea what to do about it? I’ve tried referencing with the MediaWiki tutorials on the Digital Ocean website, but they’re a bit outdated now. Any help would be appreciated.

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Bobby Iliev
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August 7, 2022


What I could suggest in such cases is to check the error logs for some more information rather than the generic 500 error.

For example, once you change the setting in your LocalSettings.php file, you could then trigger the 500 error and check your error log for more information on what actually is going on:

tail -100 /var/log/apache2/error.log



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