Secure updates with wordpress problem

July 9, 2014 1.4k views

I have been struggling to get the updates working in Wordpress. I have a Wordpress install from and I unpacked it and it is working great. But when I go to update after following this tutorial I cannot update or add new themes. I have went through all the comments and the tutorial several times and I am stumped. I used the same custom port that I set up in the beginning. I am using the LAMP set-up and have my root files at /var/www/html. If anyone can help, let me know what more info I can provide to help you assess the problem. Thanks to anyone who can help.

1 Answer


The first thing I would check is that both your WordPress user and the www-data group are able to access the uploads folder. Run:

sudo chown -R wp-user:www-data /var/www/html/wp-content/uploads

If that doesn't resolve the issue, check for any error messages in your Apache logs right after trying to install a theme. Run:

tail /var/log/apache2/error.log
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