Cannot connect Local Database from Wordpress Elementor

Issue Summary

I have code in the functions.php file, of a Theme (woostify) that I am using in Worpress. I add shortcode to Elementor, to connect to the functions.php file so that I can connect to the database. I get “Internal Server error” Note, I can connect Elementor, to the functions.php file but not connect to the database.

One or two sentence summary of the issue.
The code I added,

to the functions.php file is:
function databasetest_check( $atts ) {
$servername = “10029”;
$username = “root”;
$password = “root”;
$dbname = “dbtest”;

// Create connection
$conn = new mysqli($servername, $username, $password);

// Check connection
if ($conn->connect_error) {
die("Connection failed: " . $conn->connect_error);
echo "Connected successfully ";
add_shortcode( ‘db_short’, ‘databasetest_check’);

Troubleshooting Questions

  • Does this happen for all sites in Local, or just one in particular? All sites

  • Are you able to create a new, plain WordPress site in Local and access it in a Browser? yes


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System Details

  • Which version of Local is being used? 6.0.1

  • What Operating System (OS) and OS version is being used? Windows 8.1

    • For example: macOS Catalina or Windows 10 Professional
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