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I went through the Wordpress installation process and I'm getting the Apache2 Ubuntu Default Page when I go to my ip. What did I do wrong?

Wordpress is installed in /var/www/html. My URL is dancer.ly and my IP is 127.0.0.1. Thanks!

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    To Give a clear answer, Please add these details: Path where Wordpress was installed, URL you accessed. – Nocturnalknight Jun 20 '16 at 3:55
  • It's installed in /var/www/html. My URL is dancer.ly and my IP is 127.0.0.1. Thanks! – Emily Jun 20 '16 at 5:49
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You are most likely installing WordPress under the wrong path. You have the following options:

Move the files: Copy all the WordPress files from where ever you installed it to /var/www/html.

Change the path used by apache: change the DocumentRoot in the file /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf to the path where you installed WordPress.

Create a new vHost: Create a new vHost, by adding another site. Copy the /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf to something like /etc/apache2/sites-available/wordpress.conf and edit it to make your changes. You can than either use a ServerName, to access the server through an URL (for example by adding it to your /etc/hosts file), or disable the default host with a2dissite 000-default. Than you need to enable your new site with a2ensite wordpress (Change wordpress to whatever you named the conf file).

When you change the path or create a new vHost you need to restart apache: /etc/init.d/apache2 restart.

 

Maybe you also left the index.html in the directory /var/www/html when installing WordPress. Apache searches for the index.html before it searches for the index.php. So you should simply delete it

  • Hmm, I made sure that the Wordpress files are installed under /var/www/html/. In Libre Office, I can only open 000-default.conf as a read-only and it won't save in any other text edit program. Should I try the "Create a new vHost"? Thanks! – Emily Jun 20 '16 at 6:04
  • @Emily and what about the index.html? – Info-Screen Jun 20 '16 at 6:05
  • Deleted. I only have index.php in the foldwer – Emily Jun 20 '16 at 6:06
  • Now my local IP (127.0.0.1) is showing "Error establishing a database connection" and my other one (192.168.1.114) is still showing the Apache default page. My domain (dancer.ly) is showing "This webpage is not available". – Emily Jun 20 '16 at 6:11
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I just had the same problem as the OP. What solved it for me was clearing my browser's cache actually. I even deleted the index.html file from any directory including and under /var/www/html, and it still showed up in my browser when I navigated to my server's IP.

  • Oh I didn't know about that function. Either way, I wasn't posing a question of my own- I was offering a solution to the OP's problem. – Willman Nov 7 '17 at 16:00
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That is due to multiple index files, like index.html and index.php. All you need to do is to delete the index.html page in the /var/www/html folder, clear cache and reload the page, it should fix the issue.

  • Is that due to multiple index files, like index.html and index.php et cetera? Adding this to the answer would make it from ok(if it works) to good. – Dr_Bunsen Jun 21 at 12:51
  • Yes, you are right it is because of that. Adding it. Thanks – Sarfraz Jun 24 at 15:28

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