Allow FTP access to developers for wordpress sites

Date posted : 07/02/2019

In this blog article, we will be explaining FTP related access to wordpress sites. Generally developers used to face issues with FTP uploads or wordpress plugins installs via wp-admin.

It happens due to incorrect user/group file permissions given to wordpress files.

To accomplish this, we need to do the following:-

1. Create a new user and strong password

$ useradd devs

$ sudo passwd devs
enter password for user devs
New password:

2. Modify user folder to point to wordpress document root

$ usermod -d /var/www/ devs

3. Add user to the apache group

First you should check the username of your webserver application. Mostly it will be apache or www-data

$ usermod -g apache devs

4. Change ownership

$ cd /var/www/
$ chow devs:apache /var/www/ -R

5. Make files writable by user/group

$ find . -type f -exec chmod 664 {} \;
$ find . -type d -exec chmod 775 {} \;

You should be able to upload files without issues. Also you can install/delete/update new plugins via wp-admin flawlessly.

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