Install/update plugins VESTACP Wordpress

I have Ubuntu and VESTACP running on my droplet. And Wordpress.

However, when installing or updating plugins, i get the following error: **To perform the requested action, WordPress needs to access your web server. Please enter your FTP credentials to proceed. If you do not remember your credentials, you should contact your web host.

Followed by a form to input FTP credentials.

How can i resolve this issue?


Show comments

Submit an answer

This textbox defaults to using Markdown to format your answer.

You can type !ref in this text area to quickly search our full set of tutorials, documentation & marketplace offerings and insert the link!

Sign In or Sign Up to Answer

These answers are provided by our Community. If you find them useful, show some love by clicking the heart. If you run into issues leave a comment, or add your own answer to help others.

Want to learn more? Join the DigitalOcean Community!

Join our DigitalOcean community of over a million developers for free! Get help and share knowledge in Q&A, subscribe to topics of interest, and get courses and tools that will help you grow as a developer and scale your project or business.

This question was answered by @olavamjelde:


First login as root: su

Then so we dont have to write sudo all the time: sudo su

Then we look at running processes by all users and look for php: ps aux | grep ‘php’

Now you should see in the first column somehting like www-data or whatever. This is what PHP is running as and you have to change owner of your wordpress folders and files recursivly (in all depths).

We then enter the folder outside your wordpress directory, maybe it’s something like: cd /var/www

When you are in the correct dir, you can do: ls -la …to see who owns your wordpress root directory. On my nginx install it said nobody owned html directory… But as wordpress will get the owner of the PID of PHP (who PHP is running as), you have to change owner… (it’s not enough to grant a group with write and execute).

So let’s say you found out PHP runs as www-data, then you do: chown -R www-data ./yoursubdir

I didnt have to restart my PHP but if it doesent work by simply refreshing wordpress admin, you can try to restart PHP. How you restart differs slightly depending on which PHP you are running, as the service will have slightly different name…

View the original comment