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  • I’ve looked all over the place and I can’t find what I’m looking for. I’m FAQed up to my eyeballs.

    One of my many and varied problems is that I can’t seem to change stuff on bits of my page, like the text in the ‘about’ field, for instance.

    I think it probably has something to do with the permissions on my server. I know how to change them, but I don’t know which ones to change, and what I should change them to. Is there a list somewhere that tells you which files should be ‘666’, which should be ‘755’, and which should be ‘777’?

    At the moment, most of mine seem to be set as ‘644’, by default. I’ve changed a load of them to ‘666’, but which should be what?

    Thanks for any help on this 🙂

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  • I made a reply to another post which gives a bit of a background on what the chmod numbers mean.

    This should allow you to make your own judgement on what to chmod the files to.

    Mark (podz)


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    that might help – but do read up on the subject too.

    Have you changed your permissions inyour host on you write and read files?
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    See also Hardening_WordPress for recommended permissions for the WordPress files, and a modest commentary on why those permissions are recommended.

    Thanks for the links, everybody. I really wish there was a simple ‘cheatsheet’ kind of thing for setting up WordPress, though. I’ve found myself reading pages and pages of information before I find the answers I need, in most cases – just to get the thing running properly (and it still isn’t, yet). I’m pretty close to giving-up 🙁

    Mark (podz)


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    blunted – where are you hosted ?

    On ASO – I’ve got cPanelX on there and I use SmartFTP sometimes, if I’ve got a lot to upload.

    I can’t understand why I’m having so much trouble with WordPress. Setting up my forum was easy in comparison.

    Mark (podz)


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    I’m on ASO too.
    If you drop me an email, I’ll get it all installed, setup, and anything else you want ?
    tamba2 at gmail dot com
    I’m in the UK and it’s 23:51 right now so if I don’t get straight back to you, I’ll be asleep 🙂

    That’s very kind of you, podz – thanks. I might just take you up on that offer.

    Just wondering – I was reading skippy’s link and it says:

    / — the root WordPress directory: all files should be writable only by your user account.

    Does this mean the number should be 700 or 755? It doesn’t mention whether the files should be readable or executable by group/world/user – it would be much better if the right numbers for each directory were given, instead of words, which can be ambiguous.

    I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but stuff like that does my head in.

    Mark (podz)


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    I think mine are 644 – I’ve not changed them probably.

    Are you having difficulty getting WP to just run, or is it some other issue ? The only files you need to chmod are those in wp-content/themes/theme_name and then only to 666 for the online editor.
    If you do no online editing, you can leave them all at whatever they uploaded as.

    the root install directory should be 755.

    If it is 700 then no one will be able to access it.

    It runs, but I can’t get several of the fields to change.

    For instance: In the ‘about’ blurb, I’m stuck with a bunch of text about somebody else. I assume my information should transfer itself over to there. In any case, there doesn’t appear to be anywhere else I can change it. I even searched through the WP download on my comp, looking for keywords in the blurb so I could edit them directly, but they don’t come up.

    I added a catagory, and that doesn’t show up on the catagories list – it shows up in the admin panel, but not on the index page when you view the site.

    I assumed it must have something to do with permissions being set wrong, but maybe I’m wrong.

    Time for bed. Thanks for all the help 🙂

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