Upgraded to nginx 1.4.4 from 1.1.9 (and messed with Postfix) - now WordPress site is getting a 403 error

Posted February 8, 2014 6.4k views
I'm not sure if it was Postfix that caused this or upgrading to a newer nginx. A few bad things happened along the way probably, so I'm not sure if this has had any effect. I had my server working with the updated nginx 1.4.4 but then I started messing with Postfix, changed my droplet name to be so that it would work (according to DigitalOcean's tutorials). I also did a apt-get update, apt-get upgrade since my server was telling me i had upgrades and some of them were security upgrades. This installed Apache, which I promptly removed. Anyway, I'm kind of new to this and I don't know why this could be happening. I get my IP address to come up with nginx, ipaddress/info.php causes the info.php file to download to my machine for some reason, and my setup WordPress site is getting a 403 error. I checked that www-data had the permissions for all of the directories - getting close to just starting over with this as it's just a test site I'm working with at this point. Can anyone help?

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Do you have a server block in /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/ for your WordPress site?
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Hi Pablo - I do have a server block and I just changed it to allow the site to come up, but it's confusing because it's different than what I needed before. Specifically, before I had:
root /usr/share/nginx/www;

and to make it work, almost correctly (wp-admin doesn't seem to work, need to use wp-login.php):
root /var/html/;

Now, that's a pretty big difference because before I did not need to be specific and the directory resolved automatically to my WordPress install public_html directory. Not exactly sure what's going on.

I also made sure to symlink the sites-available to sites-enabled to make this work.
Can you pastebin your server block?