Support » Fixing WordPress » "destination for … is not writable or does not exist" error(s)

  • Resolved jwn4157


    Following the steps in the helpful codex, I have (apparently) successfully manually installed WP 3.5 (meaning I can login and view the default site theme), but when I attempt to install a new theme from the “Install Themes” window (or install a plugin from its window) I receive an error message:
    Downloading install package from…
    Download failed. Destination directory for file streaming does not exist or is not writable.

    Advice greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Further info: When I attempt to insert an image into a page, I receive the following error message:
    Unable to create directory wp-content/uploads. Is its parent directory writable by the server?

    My folder structure is:

    Thank you.



    Forum Moderator

    Try changing the permissions on the wp-content directory to 766. If you still have problems, try 767, 775 or 777. Once your uploads are working, change the permissions on wp-content back to 755 again and check that everything still works OK.

    Thank you, esmi. On another site where I intend to use WordPress, the tech support for my hosting service essentially gave me the same advice. I will also review that link you so kindly provided.

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