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  • I read the codex etc for permissions but don’t fully understand who I am in the scheme of things. For instance I am the only one with the password to login to the wp site. I am also the only one with the password to the ftp site. (I guess aside from godaddy)

    So when i read the codex and set permissions I see OWNER, GROUP & EVERYONE. I’m not sure I know the difference between owner and group so therefore it makes no sense to me at the moment.

    If I set the permissions to 666 I can still edit the files in wp.

    Should I stick with 666. What about folders? Should I set them to something different? Do files follow the folder in terms of permission?

    Do I have to manually click each file and folder and check it’s permission individually?


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  • esmi


    Forum Moderator

    The terms OWNER, GROUP & EVERYONE are server terminology and do not reference you as the site owner.

    Generally speaking files should be 644 and folders 755. When it comes to changing permissions on folders and their files, please refer to your FTP client’s documentation.

    So using my ftp program can I simply select ALL FOLDERS then do a get info and change them to 755?

    Same with files, but use 644?

    Doing them all individually will take forever.

    I noticed some files are 604 like “wp-activate.php”

    Should I just go in and do a blanket permissions change per your suggestions? Isn’t setting that particular file to 644 giving it less security?

    There are a lot of files that I would be changing to 644, thus making them less secure.(like the example with wp-activate.php)

    Same for folders. A lot are set to 705, like my theme folder. Is it correct to change it to 755??


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