WordPress permissions on NearlyFreeSpeech.net

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My earlier post on WordPress with NearlyFreeSpeech.net was too hastily written. There are more issues than WP not wanting to use the direct upgrader, and editing WordPress code is not the right way to solve it either.

Problem 1: WordPress doesn’t want to use the direct upgrader. You can force it to use the direct upgrader by adding define('FS_METHOD', 'direct'); to /wp-config.php.

Problem 2: WordPress may not have write access to certain directories. The wp-content directory, for example, would need to be chgrp to web and chmod to 775 in order for WordPress to update the things within. Of course, there is the option of just doing that on all of your WordPress files.

Problem 3: WordPress will create files that you cannot edit. Files created by PHP will be owned by user ‘web’ and the permissions will be 644. That means you (“me”) cannot edit these files over SSH since you are not the owner. You can’t even delete, chown, or chmod the files. You’ll either have to get PHP to delete them or ask NFSN support to chown them for you. A workaround is to umask(002); to your wp-config.php, which makes files created by PHP group-writable. They will still be owned by web by default, but at least you can do something about it.

Problem 4: The default temp directory may not be accessible by PHP. NFSN’s FAQ for installing WordPress has instructions about this and a variant is given here. First, make a directory called ‘tmp’ in your WordPress root and give PHP permissions to write to it (chgrp to web and chmod to 775). Then, add define('WP_TEMP_DIR', dirname(__FILE__).'/tmp'); to your wp-config.php file.

Life-saving ability of major mobile devices

We’ve all known that Apple iDevices are superior to their competitors, but until now, we haven’t looked into a critical factor—their ability to save your life.

To compile the following charts, a Google search was conducted for “X saved my life” where X is a value from the left side of the chart. The number of results are reported by Google was then recorded as the data point.

“_____ saved my life”

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