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Permissions and apache user questions

  • OK I’m really confused, I hope someone can help.

    I’ve got WP running fine, but can’t upgrade plugins or upload anything through the dashboard.

    It’s set up on a Linode server, and after pouring through the docs, there seems to be conflicting information.

    Apache is configured to run as www-data:www-data
    The wordpress install is under myusername:www-data

    Changing Apache to run as myusername works but I’ve read it’s not secure
    Changing the permissions to 775 works but is apparently also not secure

    I’ve read http://codex.wordpress.org/Changing_File_Permissions but it didn’t really help me solve this problem.

    Should I just chown the entire site to www-data?

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