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Wordpress doesn't start with installing Wordpress with LEMP on Ubuntu 20.04

Posted September 28, 2020 307 views
UbuntuWordPressConfiguration ManagementLEMPUbuntu 18.04Ubuntu 20.04

As I was following this tutorial https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-wordpress-with-lemp-on-ubuntu-18-04, I came a long way. But then after step 5, Wordpress doesn’t start on my website.

The website keeps displaying the html message that I programmed at step 4 of this tutorial https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-linux-nginx-mysql-php-lemp-stack-on-ubuntu-20-04, which I installed in this file: /var/www/your_domain/index.html

I have to say that the OS I am using is Ubuntu 20.04 (spec Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (GNU/Linux 5.4.0-45-generic x86_64)), but I don’t think that the problem is there.

My best guess is that the problem must have something to do with a redirection. Can anyone help me out here? There are also similar questions below the tutorial, but the answers proposed are not working for me.

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Hi there @KatoVonKatz,

There are a couple of things which could be causing this problem.

  • If you installed WordPress at /var/www/html/, you would need to remove the index.html file from there, you can do that with the following command:
  • rm /var/www/html/index.html

This needs to be done as WordPress uses an index.php file and that index.html is not part of the WordPress core files anyway.

  • Make sure that the directory that you’ve installed WordPress in has the correct ownership:
  • sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/wordpress

Change the /var/www/wordpress part if this is not the directory where you installed WordPress at.

  • If none of the above helps, check your Nginx error log:
  • sudo tail -100 /var/log/nginx/error.log

Let me know how it goes!
Regards,
Bobby

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