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Have you encountered the frustrating error message “Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL extension which is required by WordPress”? Fear not! This common error can be easily fixed with the right troubleshooting steps.
What Causes This Error?
This error indicates that your WordPress site cannot connect to its MySQL database. Here is the main reason why this might happen:
This usually happens when the php of the site is too high, in my case, I was using PHP 8.1, which resulted in the error. When I downgraded my PHP to 8.0 the error went away and my website was working fine after.
How to Fix the Error
Here are some steps to help you fix the “missing MySQL extension” error:
1. Login to cPanel
2. Search for “PHP”
3. Select “MultiPHP Manager”
4. Select the domain that you want to downgrade.
5. Select a lower PHP version. In my case, I went from 8.1 to 8.0.
6. Click Apply.
Now that your PHP has been downgraded, refresh your website to check if the issue has been resolved.