Question

Why did my WordPress site stop working after setup?

I created a droplet this morning to host a WordPress blog and followed these instructions to get it up and running on Ubuntu 20.04:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-wordpress-on-ubuntu-20-04-with-a-lamp-stack

I was able to access the web interface through my custom domain and go through the basic setup, but after installing a theme and trying to create a post, it stopped working and navigating to my domain throws me and error and tells me I was redirected too many times.

My droplet is still up and running and accessible, and I can access the bare bones of my site (without the WP theme) by navigating to https://<dropletpublixIPaddress>.

Does anyone have any idea why my domain would just stopped working out of nowhere? It is hosted in Cloudflare and no changes were made after I got it initially working.


Submit an answer

This textbox defaults to using Markdown to format your answer.

You can type !ref in this text area to quickly search our full set of tutorials, documentation & marketplace offerings and insert the link!

Sign In or Sign Up to Answer

These answers are provided by our Community. If you find them useful, show some love by clicking the heart. If you run into issues leave a comment, or add your own answer to help others.

Want to learn more? Join the DigitalOcean Community!

Join our DigitalOcean community of over a million developers for free! Get help and share knowledge in Q&A, subscribe to topics of interest, and get courses and tools that will help you grow as a developer and scale your project or business.

If you are able to access Wordpress directly by IP address it means that your web server is working correctly, as well as executing and serving Wordpress.

When you aren’t able to access it by the domain name after you installed a Wordpress theme it would indicate that either the WP Theme that you added was misconfigured or the WP theme itself is having an issue.

You will need to disable it and Wordpress should start working on the domain again and you will need to review the settings on the WP theme that you have installed to make sure there are no configuration errors there.