PHP-FPM and NGINX with Wordpress redirect (sometimes) to weird url and blank page

I followed many tutorials here and thanks to the community I was able to set up a LEMP stack, running on Debian 10 with Nginx 1.18, php 7.4.9, WP5.5.1 Multisite. Everything is working very well but one thing, which is driving me crazy. I have no errors and all the redirections work flawlessy but whenever i got into the admin page and i try to create a new site… it redirect to the very same page (like a refresh) and nothing happen. The url in the address bar is weird:


The same problem appears whenever i try to upload a plugin or a theme… blank page and that url:


And again… let’s try with a plugin! Err… NO, again a blank page and the strange duplicate url:


Here’s a closer look to the console POST INFO:

scheme	https
filename	/wp-admin/network/update.php
action	upload-plugin

Yes! that’s cool. Let’s see what’s next.


Seems legit, you know where you are. How do you think he’s going to answer to this?


Wait… there’s something wrong here… update.php?action=upload-plugin?action=upload-plugin Oh… there’s some sort of echo? a deaf client assistant-rewrite?

I’m hitting a wall here, I don’t know where to look for errors, there’s nothing in error_log. Php ini’s, fpm config and nginx blocks they all look just fine to me. What could it be? Please help me, I feel like my head’s about to explode.

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Hi @pietroOP,

I’ll recommend starting with your redirection rules in your Nginx blocks. If they are alright, then I’ll turn my attention to the plugins I already have installed.

Most often than not, a plugin in WordPress is making such strange behaviors of your website. Start by disabling plugins all at once and seeing if the issue is still being experienced. If it isn’t, you’ll need to enable your plugins one by one to see when the issue will repeater.

Usually, I’ll suggest checking plugins like Real Simple redirections or something related to SSL.

Regards, KFSys