I've deployed wordpress with the wpml plugin which is quite resource intensive and as a result I've had to switch from using php fast-cgi to running php as an apache mod.
The knock on result is that this has caused a whole load of permissions problems for installing plugins, uploading images, updating htaccess, updating super cache etc.
When running wordpress under fast-cgi this is not a problem as wordpress runs under the user account for fast-cgi which is also quite secure.
When running wordpress under php/apache mod the only way I can get wordpress to play nice that I know of is to chmod lots of files to 777 which I know is a big no no for security.
Is there an alternative to this under apache mod (i.e. change file ownership or something?
I'd love to know if there's a best of both worlds setup!