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W3 Total Cache Error: Files and directories could not be automatically created (5 posts)

  1. fetenflo
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I couldn't find a solution on this problem yet. Eventhough it's almost one year old, it still appears. Hopefully someone could help!

    Full text of error reads:

    FTP credentials don't allow to write to file /home/xxxxx/public_html/.htaccess
    W3 Total Cache Error: Files and directories could not be automatically created to complete the installation.
    Please execute commands manually [button: view required changes]
    or use FTP form to allow W3 Total Cache make it automatically. [button: update via FTP]



  2. Bill
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm having the same problem and I've used w3 for years. Now it gives me this error when I updated my site. I uninstalled all plugins and reinstalled them. Now it's broken. great

  3. Bill
    Posted 2 years ago #

    fetenflo this may help you.
    I got it to work by doing the following:
    1. I deactivated, deleted files, and deleted w3 total cache.
    2. I logged into my host control panel and went to the file directory.
    3. I found the wp content folder and highlighted it. Then selected permissions and set them to 777.
    4. I found the wp content/uploads folder and did the same.
    5. my error said it was having a problem deleting the config file inside wp content, so I selected that and set it to 777.
    6. then I reinstalled and activated the plugin. It worked fine.
    I set the permissions on those files back to 755.
    The plugin still works.

  4. Bill
    Posted 2 years ago #

    For you, I would also set permissions to 777 for your htaccess file until you finish installing w3

  5. cvc1968
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Sadly, this solutions didn't work for me. I've detailed my tests and attempts at troubleshooting this at the following thread:


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