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  • hello dear Experts,

    i use wp for quite a long time – but on my server-setup i am not able to install the plugins automatically.

    which server-conditions do we need to have to be able (and ready ) for the autmatic-plugin installation – through the backend

    this article does not help really…:

    Installing a WordPress Plugin :: All WordPress Plugins install in two ways. Automatic and manual.


    To automatically install a WordPress Plugin, you must have the following FTP access information ready.
    Server Hostname for FTP access
    FTP Username (not the same as your WordPress password)
    FTP Password
    Connection Type (FTP, FTPS (SSL) )
    Go to Plugins > Add New and enter the name or search term to find the WordPress Plugin you wish to add.
    To view information about the Plugin, installation help, applicable WordPress versions, etc., click Details under the Plugin name.
    To install the Plugin, click Install under the Plugin name.
    When WordPress asks, enter the above access information and proceed.

    If the WordPress Plugin installs correctly, the resulting screen will notify you that the Plugin is installed and awaiting activation. If you wish to activate it, click Activate. If you wish to delay, leave the page.


    so what do i have to tell the server-admin to be ready for the auto install of / for Plugins.

    look forward to hear from you

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  • Moderator Steve Stern


    Support Team Volunteer

    Basically, it’s easy.

    Permissions in the wordpress tree: 755 on directories, 644 on files.
    Ownership of files: The same user under which PHP is running

    Once you have that, WP is able to update itself. By default, that means it will do minor update (e.g., 5.2.3 to 5.2.4), but not major ones (5.2.x to 5.3.x), nor will it auto-update plugins. You can add constants to wp-config.php for core updating. See

    For auto-updating themes and plugins, see

    Also read

    good day dear Steve – first of all many many thanks for the rreply with the great infos that you share with us here. Thats just great.

    good day again me,

    i have several sites up and running – and i would love to have an automated update of plugins. but the server-admin is security-experts he has argued that this is a bit unsecure.

    can you advice me

    – what is needed to run the automated updates of plugins!?

    – do i need to have suPHP enabled

    – what else do i need to have?

    came across this atricle

    When working with WordPress in a more secure environment where websites are not entirely world-writable, you will notice upgrades request FTP or FTPS credentials as the server itself does not typically have write access in properly-configured environments. Entering these credentials for every upgrade can become quite tedious, and WordPress has implemented some constants you can define within wp-config.php to make upgrades automatic.
    It should be noted here that you can also make upgrades automatic by setting the file ownership of all files within the WordPress directory to the same user/group under which the webserver is running. THIS IS HORRIBLE SECURITY PRACTICE!
    While storing your FTP credentials for a specific user can also be considered insecure in certain instances, it can be a very safe method to automate WordPress updates under the proper conditions. Some general considerations which can make stored credentials MUCH more secure include:

    end of cit: see more here

    can you advice me
    – what is needed to run the automated updates of plugins!?
    – do i need to have suPHP enabled
    – what else do i need to have?

    by the way

    – i need to have a overview on all necessary conditions and things…. – there a plugin suggests to get done all the things – i t is called infinitewp – but i guess that – to run this – i need to have the horrible server conditions too!?

    What do you think!?

    Moderator Steve Stern


    Support Team Volunteer

    Everything you need is done by the defines in wp-config.php and functions.php, as noted above.

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