Wordpress automatic update / permission issue

April 13, 2014 7.1k views
Hi there, I installed WP on Ubuntu and I'm having issues updating WP automatically, it's asking for FTP detail. Also when I add the following to wp-config.php for automatic update I get a failed issue. define('FS_METHOD','direct'); Can anyone tell me how to fix this issue or how to set the permission on the server so WP has permission to make changes. At the moment I'm suing SSH/SFTP to connect to the server for file modification but after modifying it won't allow me to save any of the edited files. Thanks, Zak
3 Answers
You need to grant the webserver write access to Wordpress's files:
sudo chgrp -R www-data /var/www

sudo chmod -R g+w /var/www

I can't get this to work at all, not even via FTP, please advise, thanks

Didn't realise I had to restart the server, working fine now, thanks

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