Support » Plugin: BackUpWordPress » [Plugin: BackUpWordPress] Wp-content Write/Owner Permissions on WinServer 2008 R2?

  • Resolved tallmanbrown


    I recently installed BackUpWordPress 1.6.8 on my WordPress 3.3.1 site (on WinServer 2008 R2, IIS 7.5) and immediately got the permissions error telling me “your wp-content directory isn’t writable”.

    I adjusted the wp-content folder permissions to full Modify allowed for both IUSR and IIS_IUSRS group, and the “can’t write” message still persists (and, of course, the automated backups with default settings don’t occur as scheduled).

    The message also recommends a “chown” command to set my WordPress personal admin account to be the owner of the wp-content folder. Does BackUpWordPress require my personal WP login to be the owner of that entire folder? If so, why? I thought IUSR was the only access account WP and all its plugins needed to write to the file structure.

    Am I missing something?

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  • Plugin Author Tom Willmot


    BackUpWordPress requires whatever user PHP is running as to have write access to your wp-content folder (or wp-content/backups folder if you create it yourself) to be able to work.

    Thanks for your follow-up.

    Normally, that would be IUSR, I reckon, but we’ve enabled Windows Authentication to restrict SSL and domain access only to our IIS, so I’ve discovered since posting my above inquiry that each individual domain user account accessing the website must have Read (and Write, if they want to post anything) perm’s to the folders.

    That includes me, when I’m trying to update or execute a plugin. I just wondered how BackUpWordPress would execute after-hours when it’s on its own. Probably with the local machine’s IUSR account, which would fail because it needs to be, or something like that. A domain account of some sort.

    Thanks for your feedback, anyway. I think I know what I must do. . . .

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