new droplet still with Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS

Hi there,

We tried to upgrade the ubunta server from the current 14.04.4 to 16.04. the version is correct once log back in after a restart but don’t know why the php wasn’t automatically updated to 7.0. then we did a manual php upgrade to 7.0 which appeared to be successful. however, none of our wordpress websites works and got the following instead. I guess some of the php files are missing. We followed an advice on but still in vain. Any idea?

 * Front to the WordPress application. This file doesn't do anything, but loads
 * wp-blog-header.php which does and tells WordPress to load the theme.
 * @package WordPress

 * Tells WordPress to load the WordPress theme and output it.
 * @var bool
define('WP_USE_THEMES', true);

/** Loads the WordPress Environment and Template */
require( dirname( __FILE__ ) . '/wp-blog-header.php' );

besides, then we followed the recommendation on by spinning up a new droplet and migrated the snapshot droplet to the new one ( however, the ubunta, php and mysql are still the old ones. Isn’t it true that all the newly created droplets have the latest ubunta, php and mysql installed? If not, how can we install the latest ubunta, php and mysql versions?

Thanks in advance.


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hi there, MANY THANKS for the reply but you didnt answer my key question!!!

what a lot of folks suggested in the community is in fact not the whole story. there is a missing piece in this jigsaw. you cant simply take a snapshot and create a new droplet from the snapshot. this way, like you said you will end up having an exact copy of the old one.

and i dont bother figuring out what the error logs are which would take way more time than performing all the below steps.

  1. spin up a brand new droplet with wordpress
  2. ftp all the files from the old droplet to a local folder using an ftp client
  3. ftp the files from the local folder to the new droplet using an ftp client

did i show you the correct way to update the ubuntu, mysql and php to the latest versions?


Do you get any errors when you try to browse to your website? What’s the output of the following command?

sudo tail -f 30 /var/log/apache2/error.log

Isn’t it true that all the newly created droplets have the latest ubunta, php and mysql installed?

New Droplets should have the most recent packages installed, however, since you restored from a Snapshot, the new Droplet would be an exact copy of the old one.