Support » Plugin: W3 Total Cache » [Plugin: W3 Total Cache] WordPress and Permissions

  • There is an old well-known issue with WordPress and permissions on VPS host.

    I read a lot of articles and forum posts, and there are two possible solutions: installing suPHP, and change of rights to WordPress folder.

    Although suPHP should solve problem, it’s said that it is slower, and that opcode cache can’t be used on it.

    With administrators of my VPS (its managed one), I tried second approach but without much success. The only thing that is solved is file uploading. What is left are automatic install/upgrade (asks for FTP), updates of files (like, .htaccess, wp-config.php etc), and W3TC cache clearing (cache is never deleted nor new one is made, which means
    W3TC is unusable; note that old one was made on old shared hosting server).

    My question is what do you do to solve this issue? Obviously people don’t install suPHP since they can’t use opcode cache, which means there are other solutions.

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  • Plugin Author Frederick Townes


    Use fastcgi for example for PHP.

    So with fastcgi I could use opcode cache and solve other issues with permissions? And its not much slower than default handler?

    Since, as said above, I already changed permission while trying to setup a good one, should I revert those changes, ie. get back default permissions?

    Thank you for your time.

    Plugin Author Frederick Townes


    Yes, it should be fine. Either way you should talk to your host about permissions, there are lots of possibilities about how your host has things set up.

    Thanks for answer. Even before you answered, I contacted support of my VPS and they responded:

    Regarding the issue “WordPress automatic install/upgrade for plugin/themes ask for FTP information”, better option is to enable suPHP in the server as ‘fastcgi’ is very complex PHP handler and is generally used in the server having very high traffic and huge running websites.’fastcgi’ is very complicated to configuring and maintain. For detailed information about ‘fastcgi’, please refer the following link

    So I did nothing, since I don’t know if above statement is true.

    Plugin Author Frederick Townes


    Saying something is complicated is a matter of perspective. It’s more formant to use fastcgi, but it’s best for you to start with what works and what’s comfortable for you at the moment.

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