Wordpress Multisite using block-storage for /uploads

October 3, 2019 230 views
WordPress Block Storage

I have my Wordpress multisite installed in /var/www/example.com/u/
I created a block-storage called storage and it is mounted under /mnt/storage/, this contains a folder called /uploads.
In my Wordpress wp-config.php file I have this define('UPLOADS', '../../../../mnt/storage/uploads');
Which means the new upload folder is /mnt/storage/uploads

The owner is www-data:www-data and permissions is 0755 for /storage

The problem is that all my sites uploaded images and videos are broken. I also tried to upload a new image on one of the sites, and I can see it being uploaded under sites and the correct site id. But the image is not shown in Wordpress, neither in the media library or when I attach it to the site. So I cannot view the image at all.

Isn’t it enough to change this setting in wp-config.php? Do I have to do anything else to make it work?

1 Answer

Hello,

I would recommend first copying your current uploads folder to your new location:

cp -r /var/www/example.com/u/wp-content/uploads/* /mnt/storage/uploads

That way you would make sure that your existing images are also present in your new uploads directory.

Also, I would suggest keeping your new uploads folder within your document root. So either mount the block storage somehere in: /var/www/example.com/u/ or create a symlink for /mnt/storage/uploads to /var/www/example.com/u/uploads for example.

Here’s an example on how to create the symlink:

ln -s /mnt/storage/uploads /var/www/example.com/u/uploads

Then update the UPLOAD path in your wp-config file to /var/www/example.com/u/uploads. This way your images would be available via http.

Let me know how it goes.
Regards,
Bobby

  • Thanks, symlink solved the issue!

    • No problem at all! I’m happy to hear that it is working that way!

      By the way, another way to solve this would be to mount the storage to /var/www/example.com/u/uploads directly. That way you would not have to use the symlink.

Have another answer? Share your knowledge.

You can type !ref in this text area to quickly search our full set of tutorials, documentation & marketplace offerings and insert the link!