Help articles General Questions

How do I reset file permissions?

Flywheel helps ensure that files within your WordPress install always have the correct permissions. These permissions get reset each night.

If you find that you’re having issues with file permissions, try running a backup from your Backups Tab in your Flywheel Dashboard first.

If you’re still having issues with your file permissions please contact Flywheel support and we’d be happy to reset things for you. Generally though, your file permissions should be good to go.

For those that are more technical, Flywheel enforces the following permissions across all of our sites:

  • All directories have 755 permissions
  • All files have 644 permissions
  • The root directory “/” is writable
  • The core WordPress files and directories within the root are not writeable (wp-*.php, xmlrpc.php, /wp-admin/, and /wp-includes/
  • The /wp-content/ directory is writable
  • The /wp-content/mu-plugins/ directory is writable, but any Flywheel must-use plugin directories and files are not (see Which must-use plugins does Flywheel install?)

For more information about hardening WordPress with the proper permissions, check out this article in the WordPress documentation. If you have any questions about file permissions, or about how Flywheel locks down permissions, please don’t hesitate to contact support.


Many files within your WordPress installation on Flywheel are write-protected. The core WordPress files, along with the wp-config.php file are all locked down. These files get regenerated by Flywheel when settings change and sites are updated. For more information about editing the wp-config.php file, see this article: How do I make changes to my wp-config.php file?

Was this article helpful?

  • Frequently Asked

    The most commonly asked questions, and a few we just think you should know.

    26 Articles
  • General Questions

    Questions that don't fit elsewhere, or those about Flywheel in general.

    59 Articles
  • Getting started

    Everything you need to know to get your first Flywheel site up and running.

    16 Articles
  • Domain Names

    Details about how to manage DNS and point your domain names at Flywheel.

    13 Articles
  • Billing & Accounts

    Questions relating to payments, billing and managing your account on Flywheel.

    13 Articles
  • Blueprints

    Learn everything there is to know about what Blueprints are, how to create them and how to make the best use of them.

    5 Articles
  • Database

    How to access your WordPress database to make changes and update content.

    3 Articles
  • Local by Flywheel

    Everything you need to know about our amazing, free local WordPress development software for Mac and PC.

    6 Articles
  • Organizations

    Everything you need to know about managing your team with our Organizations feature.

    8 Articles
  • Plugins

    Which plugins work best, which plugins work worst, and everything in between.

    7 Articles
  • Security

    Details about everything Flywheel does to makes your site so secure.

    13 Articles
  • SFTP

    Information on setting up and troubleshooting with SFTP connections and file transfers.

    4 Articles
  • Simple SSL

    All there is to know about our free, automatically installed and activated SSL certificates.

    9 Articles
  • Staging

    How to get the most out of Staging, which allows you to duplicate a site, make changes, and then push those changes to the live site.

    7 Articles
  • White Label

    Everything you need to know about our Whitelabel subscriptions for branding and reselling Flywheel.

    4 Articles

Flywheel help

Help is just a click away! Log into the Flywheel dashboard to instantly chat with an expert, open a ticket, or follow along with in-depth documentation. We happily offer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Log in
WordPress experts

Try it yourself. It's free & takes less than 60 seconds. Sign up

[if lte IE 8]
[if lte IE 8]