How to resolve the issue of WordPress site which downloads PHP files instead of parsing after cPanel migration? – Knowledgebase


After migrating the WordPress site on the cPanel server, the website was not loading, it was downloading the index.php file.

1) Check permission of files/folders.

2) Increase memory_limit to something higher value (128MB should be enough).

3) Try to repair database through cPanel > MySQL Databases page.

4) Comment a php declaration inside of the .htaccess file.

5) Check error_log file for errors which is present in document root (e.g. /home/$username/public_html/).

6) Try to disable every single plugin/module for your WordPress website.

7) Check for any additional .htaccess file at the /home directory for PHP declaration something below then please remove or comment it.  :-

# Use PHP55 as default
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php55 .php

That’s all!

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