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  • I cannot view my blog.

    I only see a 403 Forbidden error that says I do not have permission to access the site.

    I created my site in September and it has been working fine since then.

    I am using Dreamweaver for FTP.

    I am a beginner with WordPress/Dreamweaver.

    Here is what happened:

    I downloaded a Plugin that required me to have a cache folder. I created the cache folder. I made the cache writable in Dreamweaver by right-clicking and clicking Set Permissions…

    In WordPress, I was still receiving messages that the cache was not writable.

    In Dreamweaver I made the parent folder to the cache writable. No luck. Eventually, I found the highest level folder (which was just named ‘/’) and made it writable.

    Almost immediately, I was disconnected from my site.

    Still in Dreamweaver, I clicked the icon with the two plugs to connect again and get an error message saying that my username/password is incorrect.

    When I go into Manage Sites, the username/password I am using is correct. It is the same as I have always used, and it has been working fine till now.

    I cannot view my blog. I cannot login to the Dashboard for my blog. Even when I go to the /wp-admin section of my blog, I get the Forbidden error.

    No doubt, I shouldn’t have tried to make the ‘/’ folder writable. How do I undo what I’ve done?

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  • Use FTP to set the folder permissions back to 755.

    I can’t see the folder to reset the permissions. I would need to be able to connect to my site, which I can’t do for some reason. Otherwise, all I can see are local files, and I can’t change those permissions, can I?

    Try using a basic FTP client instead of Dreamweaver. Or contact your hosting provider and ask them to reset the folder permissions for you.

    I have a similar issue as umdechai, but the directory is already set to 755. Tried resetting it but that did not resolve the issue. Any other ideas or known issues to research?

    Turns out that in my case the issue is that someone created a directory outside of WordPress that has the same name as a directory within WordPress. By renaming or removing the offending directory the problem is resolved.

    had the same thing, both a page created with WP and folder created with FTP. Thanks for the tip!

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