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  • I’ve just found out that a server I am working on really wants chmod to be set to 777, on quite a lot of WordPress files. This feels very unsafe to me, but there is simply no way around it.
    I am now wondering: what are the risks when I do this?
    Is it sufficient when the admin-user has a non-standard username and non-standard password or do I need to do more to keep the site safe?

    I’ve noticed it’s impossible to update plug-ins and wordpress itself when permissions aren’t set to 777 for files in wp-admin, so the only solution I can think of now is to set them to 777 temporarily and after the updates set them back to 755 and 644.

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  • I’m not sure if this will help, but WP Has a great article on this. Please see

    Thank you. I’ve seen the codex files ofcourse.
    I just wonder if there is anyone else out there who also has a server that won’t eat anything lower than 777, and how they got around it.

    So far my ‘temporarily setting’ seems the only solution – but I don’t know if it will make the uploading of images impossible for my editor, etc.
    There are just so many things that need to be writable in a way, guess I should ALL test them.

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