Unable to create directory wp-content/uploads/2016/03. Is its parent directory writable by the server?
I have set up a droplet running ubuntu 14.04X64 with Sentora Control Panel. Within the sentora control panel, I have created FTP accounts. I uploaded wordpress via FTP and successfully installed on my droplet.
I attempted to upload a theme from my laptop via the wordpress Add Themes uploader. The theme upload is failing and I am getting the error below:
“Unable to create directory wp-content/uploads/2016/03. Is its parent directory writable by the server?”
I observed the same thing when attempting to install a theme from the wordpress theme repository.
The /wp-content, /wp-content/themes and /wp-content/uploads folder’s permission is originally 755, I changed this to 777 and the theme upload succeeded each time.
What is a more practical way of resolving this issue as file permission 777 is a big security risk and not future proof?
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