So basically I made a php file that is called with two arguments (order total and order number) and it spits out a png with an EPC QR Code (so people just scan it and their banking app fills in all the details).

This file works in an empty virtual host, but it won't work when I put it anywhere in a wordpress directory/virtual host.

Is there some setting somewhere that is keeping non-wordpress php files from executing?

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Yes. The default WordPress .htaccess file. Without edits, all calls are redirected to index.php.

Your best bet is to pass the call through WordPress as a custom plugin. This answer deals with setting up a REST endpoint. Of course, that means returning JSON which might not be exactly what you are looking for.

Another approach might be to edit the .htaccess file.

Something like this, near the top:

RewriteRule my-qr-code.php$ - [L]

This tells the server that in this case, if the file matches, we are done. That solution comes from a StackOverflow question.

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    thanks a lot!! =) Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 13:11
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    I accepted it, and I would have upvoted it, but I am lacking in reputation to do that. Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 18:42
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