File Permission Issues

Learn how to handle file permission issues with your Warp theme.

File Permissions

There are two ways of accessing files when working with WordPress: either directly via your webserver or through an FTP client. Different files and directories have permissions specifying who can read, write or access them. Sometimes the permission settings of your webserver and your FTP client can collide, so that when trying to install an extension from the backend you are suddenly confronted with messages, like JFolder::create: Could not create directory or Directory not writable: /administrator/templates/system/ or you may not be able to save theme settings.

Change Permissions

To resolve these issues, you need to change the permissions of the affected files or directories.

Using Your FTP Client

  1. Open your FTP client or, if you don't have any, download FileZilla and install it.
  2. Use your FTP client to login to your server and browse to your webroot directory.
  3. Right click on the directory on which you want to change the permissions and click File Permissions...
  4. The Change File Attributes dialog lets you check different options or type in a numeric value like 755. Make sure the Recurse into subdirectories option is checked. Then hit OK.

Important Always avoid 777 permissions. If your webserver has problems with the CHMOD 755, you can also try 775 and lastly 777 in this order.


Check out the WordPress documentation for more information on file permissions.

Warp Themes Documentation