WordPress: those wicked “access denied” errors

Yes, I had those as well

wordpress failed to open stream: Permission denied in…

and those

Unable to create directory …/httpdocs/wp-content/uploads/… . Is its parent directory writable by the server?

And yes was searching web fiercely for a solution here: WordPress Support, here: WordPress Mu then here for a change: WordPress Deutschland ORG just to see all those guys suggesting chmod.

I mean, if I have a windows server am I banned to have no support, no community, no right to setup WordPress blog? 🙂

well I went to Plesk File Manager of my domain hoping to find some way to chmod that folder on windows server… and succeeded!

Here’s what you do:

1. Navigate to the folder where WordPress is installed (e.g. yourdomain.de/httpdocs/yourblogname):

2. After clicking on key-symbol and getting permission setting screen, just give FULL permissions to your Plesk IIS User (the account your IIS runs under):

That was it! After this change I could suddenly upload images, change theme template files, all the other things I wanted so bad and couldn’t because WordPress didn’t have sufficient rights!


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