Using ProFTP and Wordpress Together in /var/www/

  • Posted on September 14, 2014
  • me781177Asked by me781177

I’ve set up a Wordpress installation. I’d like to be able to SFTP into the wp-content directory in Wordpress to create a custom theme by saving files directly to the server in the theme directory.

I followed this SFTP using ProFTPd tutorial and modified a few other things in /etc/proftpd/modules.conf:

  • I set DefaultRoot to /var/www/
  • As I had issues creating files (despite being able to connect and see the structure of /var/www/, I also created a directory configuration directive:
  <Directory /var/www/>

I still had issues creating files or this point and assumed it was a result of some unix permissions issues. I went to the var/www/ directory and entered the following two commands:

  • sudo chown -R username:username *
  • sudo chmod -R 0755 *

At this point, the .htaccess file is still owned by www-data but everything else is owned by my unix username (not root). At this point, I could finally SFTP into my server and post files. Terrific!

…Except… When I use Wordpress at this point, I have trouble installing themes or plugins due, I assume, to (yet again) a unix a permissions issue. The error message I get is Unpacking the package… Could not create directory..

I’m no unix expert but it seems like in order to SFTP files into /var/www/ I need to own the files, but that prevents Wordpress from installing items through its web interface.

Can anyone help me configure things in such a way that things will work whether I manually SFTP or try to install a theme or plugin from Wordpress?

Thank you so much for reading. I hope this explanation was helpful.

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Thanks @sierracircle – seems like you’re saying I’d have to manually switch back and forth each time I wanted to switch between SFTP and installing updates via wordpress. That’ll be fine once the project launches, I suppose, but a poor solution while I’m building the site.

I was unaware that open-ssh server would allow me to do this, since searching for ftp in the community did not suggest that I could do this via open-ssh server.