December 2, 2019
3 min Read
December 2, 2019
3 min Read
In this article, you are going to learn how to fix the “Is its parent directory writable by the server?” error. It is a common issue in WordPress that prevents you from uploading files to your website.
The error can happen due to incorrect permissions, ownerships, or location of the uploads folder. Regardless of the cause, we’re here to show you how to fix this error quickly.
There are two methods of resolving the issue on shared hosting — by changing the directory path and permissions of the uploads folder.
Sometimes, the “Is its parent directory writable by the server?” issue occurs because WordPress can’t recognize the location of the uploads folder.
You might face the problem after you have just moved your site to another hosting provider. To fix it, you need to modify your WordPress config file:
define( 'UPLOADS', 'wp-content/uploads' );
before this line:
require_once(ABSPATH . 'wp-settings.php');
If you still get the “Is its parent directory writable by the server?” error after following Method 1, you might want to try resetting the permissions of your uploads folder.
Simply follow the instructions below:
By performing this method, you will reset the permissions of the uploads folder and its subfolders to 755.
The number means the owner of the file can read, write, and execute the file. This is important to allow the directory to be writable. Hence, fixing the “Is its parent directory writable by the server?” error
There is another workaround. However, you should follow these steps only if the method above doesn’t work. In this example, we will show you how to do it on Hostinger File Manager:
If your WordPress site is hosted on VPS, you can try the following solution to fix “Is its parent directory writable by the server?” error. However, note that this method only works for Linux running on Apache webserver.
Before we begin, let’s understand some basics. By default, your Apache web server uses the www-data user and www-data group to access files and folders.
However, there is a possibility that the uploads folder is not owned by www-data. This situation leads to the “Is its parent directory writable by the server?” issue.
What you need to do is change the owner of the uploads directory to www-data:
chown -R www-data:www-data plugins
chmod 755 -R uploads
It will set permissions for plugins and all subdirectories inside it to 755.
If you want to learn more about how to change Linux folder ownerships and permissions via the command line, read this guide.
The solution above might not work if you switched over to a new hosting provider, as configurations between hosting services may vary.
The “Is its parent directory writable by the server?” issue can be frustrating because it won’t allow you to upload files to your WordPress site. Thankfully, in this article, you have learned the various solutions to this error, both on shared hosting and VPS.
The most common method is to change the owners and permissions of the uploads folder. If this option doesn’t work, you may want to modify the uploads directory or the wp-config.php file.
Hopefully, by following this guide, you can quickly fix the issue. Good luck!
July 25, 2018
Thank you so very much! Option 1 worked perfectly for me and was very easy the way you explained it. You rock!
Replied on August 03, 2018
That's awesome, Steven! I'm happy to hear you were able to fix your website ;)
September 17, 2018
Thank you so very much. This guide is a life saver!
November 29, 2018
Thanks for sharing! Option 1 worked for me ;)
December 21, 2018
Thanks for this. I recently migrated my website and got the error. Option 1 - adding the line of code to the wp-config.php file worked for me.
January 03, 2019
I have solved my problem using option 1. Thanks a lot!
March 25, 2019
Thank you so much. Option 1 – adding the line of code to the wp-config.php file worked for me.
May 25, 2019
Awesome. Thank you. The first option did the trick for me after tying folder permissions.
September 25, 2019
Fantastic article! It's 10pm and this was the last issue to deal with on launch day!! :-( :-) Thanks so much
October 24, 2019
Hey Domantas, I was about to pull my hair trying to figure out where I did wrong with permissions and your option 1 came to the rescue. Thanks a lot!
November 05, 2019
Option 1 worked after weeks of following complicated advice from other sites and failing each time. Wow. Thanks a bunch!
November 22, 2019
Thank you so very much! Option 1 worked perfectly for me as well. Great work.