Wordpress & NGINX = 403

  • Posted on February 1, 2014
  • cameron1Asked by cameron1


I started a fresh install this morning with no control panel. I am now using command line only.

So i followed below links to install NGINX on Cent Os and also to create 2 virtual hosts:

Then i set up a database for wordpress site. Changed the WP config files for database setting. Went to access site to setup wordpress and am greeted with 403 Forbidden.

So then i checked my NGINX logs and this is what it comes up with:

2014/02/01 12:12:33 [error] 2010#0: *12 directory index of “/var/www/” is forbidden, client: ‘MYIPADDRESS’, server: ‘MYDOMAIN.COM’, request: “GET / HTTP/1.1”, host: ‘“MYDOMAIN.COM”’

Does anyone know why i am getting 403 ?

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I know i am probably late to answer, i hav been searching the answer myself because i encounter the exact problem. Below server block for nginx has solved my issue. I hope it helps

    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;

    root /var/www/your wordpress content;
    index index.php index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;

    server_name domain or IP address;

    location / {
         try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$is_args$args;

    location ~ \.php$ {
            include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
            fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.0-fpm.sock;

From what i can tell here - - there seems to be a lot more to getting wordpress set up with NGINX than meets the eye. Maybe i am just reading it wrong? <br>Also it says that NGINX wont improve performance much

@Kamal, Still doesnt seem to work :/ <br>This is my whole virtual.conf file at the minute, havnt made a second block untill i get first one working: <br> <br>server { <br> listen 80; <br># listen *:80; <br> server_name; <br> <br> location / { <br> root /var/www/; <br> index index.php index.html index.htm; <br> } <br> <br> location ~ .php$ { <br> <br> try_files $uri =404; <br> <br> fastcgi_pass; <br> <br> fastcgi_index index.php; <br> <br> fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name; <br> <br> include fastcgi_params; <br> <br> } <br>}