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

This new server with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS cames with PHP 7.0.

The backup that I have from my client has some old WordPress blogs…

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

I need to downgrade PHP 7.0 to PHP 5.6, at least for now.

Before you procede with the tutorial on the following link, and if you are running a new Ubuntu 16 installation you might get upon the following error while following the tutorial.

[email protected]:/home/httpd/html# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
sudo: add-apt-repository: command not found

To install add-apt-repository you will need to run the following command

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

Now the solution  How can I downgrade from PHP 7 to PHP 5.6 on Ubuntu 16.04? [duplicate].

 

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