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Should I enable a password for user www-data?

In Ubuntu-Apache-Wordpress files under /var/www are owned by www-data user and www-data group.

If I login as root or other username I have to manually change ownership every time I upload files. I think it would be easier to just login as www-data.

What is the best practice here?

Is www-data some kind of special user?

What is the password for this user? Should I change it?

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The simplest way I found is using ServerPilot

This question was answered by @sierracircle:

I use this method:

http://blog.netgusto.com/solving-web-file-permissions-problem-once-and-for-all/

which allows me to have www mounted in my users home folder. Anything I add to that www folder as my user will automatically have permissions set for www-data

It works great, and takes only a few minutes to set up, and solves all those permission issues for www-data

The tutorial sets it up for a user called devone, but I just changed that to my username

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