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  • Help!
    I get this message when trying to upload media:
    Unable to create directory /home/paulo/public_html/wp-content/uploads/2009/02. Is its parent directory writable by the server?

    Where do I go/what do I do to make it writeable?

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  • FTP or CPanel file manager…

    Permissions can also be referred to as CHMOD.

    It’s referring to the permissions on the uploads folder more then likely…

    Hi, I have the same problem. I have changed the permission of the wp-content and its sub directories to 777. But i am still getting the error “Is its parent directory writable by the server?”.

    what else i could be missing? Please let me know.

    Actually, 777 works but the error was due to other reason. I had wrong path specified in wordpress “miscellaneous” settings. It rather should be “wp-content/uploads”. Now i am able to upload documents.

    If the problem wasn’t the permissions then set them back to what they were…

    You should “ideally” avoid 777 where possible…

    I just fixed this for a customer and the permissions was NOT the issue. On the servers where I work a permissions set of 0777 will get rejected because that is just begging to be hacked. The problem came from the upload path specified in the WP. I didn’t change it in the admin panel, I changed it in the DB to reflect the FULL server path. So your /home/user/public_html/wp-content/uploads and that got the issue fixed. Peace.

    I’ve never handled a problem like this, so how do you change the path in the DB to reflect the FULL server path? I think that’s my problem.


    Assign 766 recursive permissions to wp-contents folder.
    Disable all the plugins and enable it one by one to find out the culprit
    Make sure that you have set proper path for upload directory in wordpress admin area


    Shane G.

    I unchecked the ‘Organize my uploads into month- and year-based folders’ box. Unchecking this box and saving the changes is what solved my problem.

    Try This…
    This worked for me 😉

    thanks to Forrest_Snyder, he says:



    Store uploads in this folder into > wp-content/uploads (which is the default)


    thanks srilatha_marru. misc setting worked.

    Hi All,

    settings>miscellaneous>Store uploads in this folder>wp-content/uploads

    I transferred the backup from inmotion to media temple and I just changed the path to “wp-content/uploads” and it worked for me.

    I would like to let you know that inmotion hosting sucks and I don’t know why they are get awards..Surprising!!!!
    If your blog earn more than 1000 page views a day then never host with inmotion. They don’t only charge heavy amount but they will bann your account for more traffic. I have been through this. I can forward all the mails from them for proof (

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