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  • That’s the error msg I get when attempting to use the image upload part of a post. I have to ftp them and create the links meanwhile.

    My question is, is this a permission issue with the directory? If so, what numbers should the “wp-content” directory be?

    Or is it a permission issue with the sql database? And if so how do I fix that, using phpmyadmin?

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  • I found the answer to my problem with not being able to upload pics via the post screen. The wp-content directory needs to be CHMOD’d to 777, then it works just fine, without errors or incident. It makes the directory writeable.

    In essence, either with an FTP client or your host’s own site management software, find that directory and change its permissions to 777. I did it and WP posts pics just fine.

    What I don’t know is whether there is another setting that works and if the 777 setting is a security risk.

    I chmod’d wp-content to 777… and I’m still getting “Is its parent directory writable by the server?” In fact, I’ve made everything from httpdocs down 777 and I still can’t upload. I’m a wee bit frustrated by this.

    I’m having the same problem as dianepatterson. I have all of them set at 777 and it still won’t upload a picture. Any suggestions?

    Hi, this is my 1st post and I have to say that the whole WP process is frustrating the hell out of me. I have the same problems, checked my content to 755, and the upload folder to 777 as described in the tutorial but still nothing. I built my site using MAMP and turned my G5 into a local host, no problem. My issue was getting the database to migrate to my server in the real world… a nightmare, nothing worked! So I gave up and set about putting all my content back into the site. I was prepared to do this but I have fallen at the first gate… can’t upload images? I mean c’mon, how basic is this? All the posts I see run out, just like this one has and so this is why I’m getting frustrated. Please, someone, anyone, shed a light on this as I’m done!

    How do you change it to 777? Where do you do that?

    I had the same problem, after moving to another host. All folders were chmodded 777, but WordPress still kept on giving errors when uploading a file.
    Only when I manually created all subfolders (2008/01) and chmodded them, it worked.

    I just found the working solution: turning PHP Safe Mode off on the webserver. If you have control about that, it might be a workout.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    Don’t chmod random things to 777. Big security risk, that is.

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