I'm having some trouble setting up my server. I'm not sure what my error is, but I'm sure it's something simple and/or minute. Anyways, I'm simply following Digital Ocean's tut on deploying a LAMP stack (without MySQL obviously). After that:
I enable mcrypt
Enable mod Rewrite and Headers
then change the line in Apache's main config file under directory /var/www to "AllowOverride All".
I also change the default site's document root to "/var/www" (rather than /html).
I give my user ownership over the /var/www directory.
At this point I connect through ssh and copy the server check file and everything is good
I then copy over a fresh dl of Statamic 1.8.4
rename the .htaccess file
set permissions on _cache, _logs, _content, _config/users, to 775
Then I get a blank screen. At every point until I copy the Statamic files over I can view the Apache, PHP, and Statamic check files. After that I can still view the Statamic check and phpinfo files, but index.php gives me a blank screen. Perhaps there's something wrong with the way Apache is reading .htaccess file? If I add some nonsense line to it then I get a 500 error.
Sorry for the long post, I just wanted to be thorough. Any help is greatly appreciated!