Wordpress Droplet: Brand new, "not currently compatible with Application Password"

Hi folks - brand new clean install of Wordpress but when looking at the Application password feature (required for this particular build), I see the message:

“Your website appears to use Basic Authentication, which is not currently compatible with Application Passwords.”

I’ve not basic auth turned on, site is open and as I said above, it’s a vanilla install of WP.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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July 31, 2023

Hello @digitalocean304971

The Application Passwords feature in WordPress communicates via the WordPress REST API, and it seems like the error message you are seeing indicates an issue with that functionality. I suggest checking your .htaccess file, as certain rules may conflict with the REST API. In case this problem persists, try disabling all plugins and switch to a default WordPress theme to isolate the issue.

Additionally, depending on your Droplet’s setup, there might be some server-level configurations affecting this. However, without specific details, it’s difficult to provide a more concrete solution.

You might find this DigitalOcean tutorial, How To Install WordPress with LAMP on Ubuntu 22.04, particularly useful. It provides a step-by-step guide on setting up WordPress, and while it’s focused on Ubuntu 18.04, the principles should be broadly applicable.

Hope that this helps!

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