wordpresss on 18.04 wp admin pages just downloads a php file

Every time i click on pages or all pages in wp-admin, I download a php file instead of viewing the pages. I’ve heard this can be a htaccess file issue but can’t locate it to edit and debug. I’ve disabled all plugins and still nothing but a file download and when i open it is has all sorts of stuff i don’t really understand but seems to have to do with a notification for permission of something.

I’m brand new to ubuntu and linux but learning commands like nano to view or edit docs in the console.

I tried to locate the htaccess but the main locations didn’t have any.

I think i need some help.

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July 29, 2019
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You can create a new .htaccess file in the WordPress main directory. You can use the default WordPress .htaccess file:

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
# END WordPress

Let me know how it goes.


Ok last night i did the file changes and then cleared cache and cookies and it worked! Thanks so much! Now I have to fix this nginx problem lol

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