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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.

Note

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?

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