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Fix! WordPress “Could not create directory”

Wordpress Could not create directory dobeweb

Sometimes when we install the WordPress themes or WordPress plugins we may failed, just because there are some small problems with the server settings. If you meet the following error, just read this post to find the solutions.

Downloading install package from
Unpacking the package.
Installing the plugin.
Could not create directory.
Plugin Install Failed.

There are two main reasons, the folder write permission and the folder with different owner.

  1. Folder Permission

    Change permissions on the /wp-content directory to 0775

    if not work Change permissions on the /wp-content directory to 0777.

    uploading the plugin manually via FTP

  2. Ownership

    If you using Linux VPS or Hosting, you can change the folders owner.
    Usually, change the root or some other owners to www

    Use putty to login your site, change the ownership.

    Command: chown [-cfhvR] [–help] [–version] user[:group] file…

    change the wp-content‘s owner from root to www

    chown -R www:root wp-content

Wordpress Could not create directory dobeweb
WordPress Could not create directory


By the way, if you want to install the theme or plugins automatically,  you can add the folowing code in the wp-config.php

define('FS_METHOD', 'direct');

Just like this:

wordpress install theme plugin automatically dobewebThen save!

There is no need to add your FTP info.

wordpress ftp username password