@Andrew SB, thanks for a great response, this process scares the crap out of me and I don't want to mess it up.
In the tutorial at,
it instructs me to do this,
"We are almost done uploading Wordpress to the virtual private server. The final move that remains is to transfer the unzipped WordPress files to the website's root directory.
sudo rsync -avP ~/wordpress/ /var/www/
Finally we need to set the permissions on the installation. First, switch in to the web directory:
cd /var/www/ "
...Have I missed something? Did it not actually move the WP install to that directory in the install process like I thought?
Looking through all the files in SFTP I see, root/wordpress/ is that what ~/wordpress/ is referring to?
I just want to be sure I am changing permissions to the right directory. I found someone else with the same issue here,
and in this someone suggested to use,
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www
This seems like the one I should use, is that correct?
I also pasted my output from,
ls -la /var/www
and got this,
WordPress is a free and open source website and blogging tool that uses php and MySQL. It was created in 2003 and has since then expanded to manage 22% of all the new websites created and has over 20,000 plugins to customize its functionality. This tutorial shows how to install WordPress on a server with LAMP. It is written for Ubuntu 12.04.