Website showing NGINX default page

Posted November 17, 2020 1.7k views
NginxWordPressCentOS 8

I’m trying to install Wordpress on a LEMP Stack on CentOS 8, but I don’t know what I’m doing wrong because it only shows the default page of NGINX

Code on /etc/nginx/conf.d/wordpress.conf

upstream php {
    server unix:/tmp/php-cgi.socket;

server {
        server_name sitename;
        root /var/www/html/public_html/;
        index index.php;

        location = /favicon.ico {
                log_not_found off;
                access_log off;

    location = /robots.txt {
                allow all;
                log_not_found off;
                access_log off;

    location / {
                # This is cool because no php is touched for static content.
                # include the "?$args" part so non-default permalinks doesn't break when using query string
                try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;

    location ~ \.php$ {
                #NOTE: You should have "cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0;" in php.ini
                include fastcgi_params;
                fastcgi_intercept_errors on;
                fastcgi_pass php;
                #The following parameter can be also included in fastcgi_params file
                fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;

    location ~* \.(js|css|png|jpg|jpeg|gif|ico)$ {
                expires max;
                log_not_found off;

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Hi @kvny,

At first glance, I can see a couple of errors. It’s okay, we’ll go through them together.

The first one is changing the name of your config, not that it’s wrong but it’s taken as a standard. So what you need to change is the name first. changing it from




Notice the folder as well, it’s not in conf.d but in the sites-available one. Next in the file add the following

server {
        listen 80;
        listen [::]:80;

        root /var/www/html/public_html;
        index index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;


        location / {
                try_files $uri $uri/ =404;

You just need to replace with your domain name.

Next one, you need to create a symlink:

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/ /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

Again change the with your

Now that you are done, restart Nginx and you are good to go

sudo systemctl restart nginx