I can not install the theme on my wordpress

Linode Staff

I installed WordPress on my own on your VPS, but I could not install the theme, it's said this: "Unable to create directory wp-content/uploads/2019/10. Is its parent directory writable by the server?" And I could not create a new page on my WordPress too.
It also happened the same things when I use "One-Click Apps" to install WordPress.

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Hey there,

This is a common wordpress error and isn't related to the Linode specifically.

There is a possibility that the uploads folder is not actually owned by www-data user and group, which is what your webserver uses to access files for Wordpress.

That user needs to have permissions.

Assuming that your WordPress is installed in the public_html directory, navigate to wp-content folder:

cd public_html/wp-contents

Now change owner and group to www-data:

chown -R www-data:www-data plugins

While you are inside wp-content folder, run the following command to set permissions for plugins and all subdirectories inside it to 755:

chmod 755 -R uploads

Wordpress also offers documentation that can address questions in detail. We hope that helps.

Tara T
Linode Support Team


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