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  • ozzdemiremre


    I am using wordpress on linux. I installed wordpress but when i click update or install plugin or anythingelse it wants me server name,ftp user name and pass. But it says ” when wordpress connecting to server there is an error”

    please help.

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  • Moderator James Huff


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    If WordPress is asking for an FTP username and password, that means it cannot normally install those as the PHP user.

    Some servers are just configured that way, but not most.

    Are you sure you provided WordPress with the correct FTP credentials? This will be separate from how you log into WordPress, and it’s configured via your hosting account’s control panel.

    A good way to make sure you have the correct FTP credentials is to try connecting with them in an FTP app, like



    Yes i am sure but ı am working on my own localhost at my computer. I don’t have any hosting server, because of that I think it is not about FTP or FTP credentials. can it be about folder or file permission because I am using Linux mint?

    Moderator James Huff


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    I think it is not about FTP or FTP credentials

    If WordPress is asking you for FTP credentials, then it is about FTP credentials. 😉

    With that said, since you’re running your own local server (sorry for missing that earlier), WordPress should be making Direct File I/O requests from within PHP, unless the server is not properly configured.

    What are you using to manage the server?

    Alternatively, since this is just a locally hosted site, which should work properly regarding this aspect when uploaded to a real hosting provider, it may just be easiest to set WordPress to use any other method:



    On a local server on Linux mint the automatic installs don’t work. You download the plugin as a compressed file to your download file. Then using the command line and sudo you move the file to your plugin folder and uncompress it. Using your browser you will then see the plugin listed in your wp admin where you activate it as usual.

    Need to use same procedure for themes. It’s a permissions problem. Doesn’t occur on live site but does on localhost development server. Needs to be accessed as root.

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