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I have set up a new site on Ubuntu 13.04 with Apache2. The virtual host is set up and working fine.

I am getting an error in my Wordpress migration that says the root directory is not writeable by Php. I am wondering what should the permissions on my sites root folder be to provide enough access for day to day needs but still be secure.

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Maybe the Script to Configure Proper WordPress Permissions will be useful in your case.

Update1: If you looking for more general solution to setup your virtual hosts from template consider control panels like http://www.virtualmin.com/demo

The Virtualmin automatically will setup group for domain, virtual host and file permissions on root folder. When you finish with development stage, you can backup and migrate a domain with ease to production server.

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  • Thanks that does help but can those settings be extrapolated as best practice in general for site root directories or just for ones that involve Wordpress? That is really what I want to know. – Mark Jul 31 '13 at 19:20
  • You are welcome. Can you provide some information what is your target environment - development or production, virtual machine or shared hosting, etc. – tuxar Aug 1 '13 at 6:44
  • This particular migration was to the development server which is a virtual machine (Rackspace cloud server) but I will be the one putting it live as well so both answers would be great – Mark Aug 2 '13 at 10:20

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