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  • Resolved WebmistressM


    Im currently trying to install WordPress onto my own computer (Ubuntu Hardy Heron). I got all the way through the process with LAMP but now I get problems when accessing /localhost/wordpress to start installation:

    Instead of the index page, I get a prompt asking me whether to open or save the phtml file. How do I get around this?

    I did already try editing /etc/apache2/apache2.conf, adding the below lines to the bottom of the document:

    AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .phtml
    AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps

    Sadly this still yields the same results. 🙁 Any information would be appreciated.

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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski


    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    Open up a terminal window and run this

    sudo a2enmod php5

    That should let load up the php5 apache2 module.

    Oh dear. It says “this module does not exist”. Hmm…well that might be a clue. 😉

    I know PHP5 is installed


    I just followed these instructions from here:

    “You may also need to actually enable it, by doing sudo a2enmod php5 followed by sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart. If sudo a2enmod php5 returns “$ This module does not exist!”, you should purge (not just remove) the libapache2-mod-php5 package and reinstall it. “

    That did help me get “http://localhost” to come back with “It works!” and “http://localhost/wordpress” to return the following error:

    “Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL extension which is required by WordPress.”

    …which is an entirely different problem. Thanks,Jan. 🙂

    Moderator Jan Dembowski


    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    That’s not bad actually. You’ve gotten PHP5 installed not try (if you have not already):

    sudo apt-get install php5-mysql

    Just like before, you will have to restart apache2.


    That sure worked. strange is that I checked to make sure php was installed and it was. Strange that it wouldnt “see” that until I used the command you just asked me to try.

    At any rate, everything is up and 2.7 is up. HOLY cats! The UI changes look fantastic.


    sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

    just restarted apache and worked right away for me

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