Fix file (image) upload issue WordPress (step by step) [Error] : Unable to create directory wp-content ….. !

Are you facing image, theme, plugin or any file upload issues on your WordPress website? For most beginners image, theme, plugin or any file upload errors can be quite confusing because they can appear without you doing anything different. Failure to upload image, theme, plugin or any file. It’s one of the most common issues in WordPress. Luckily, it is quite easy to fix, and you can do it yourself. In this article, we will show you how to easily fix the upload issue in WordPress. We will also explain what causes this issue, and how you can prevent it in the future.

What Causes The Image Upload Issue in WordPress

The file upload issue in WordPress is typically caused by incorrect file permissions. Your WordPress files are stored on your web hosting server and need specific file and directory permissions to work. Wrong file permissions prevent WordPress from reading or uploading file on the hosting server. You may get the following error when uploading image file: ‘Unable to create directory wp-content/uploads/2019/04. Is its parent directory writable by the server?’ 


Another sign of this issue is that your images may disappear from the media library.

My site was working fine before? Who changed the file permissions?

This could happen due to a number of reasons. A misconfiguration on your shared hosting server can sometimes change those permissions without you doing anything. For example, your web hosting provider ran an upgrade that unexpectedly changed file permissions. If everything else is working fine on your website, then you can simply apply the correct file permissions to fix the image upload issue. That being said, let’s take a look at how to set correct file permissions to fix image upload issues in WordPress.

Fixing Image Upload Issue in WordPress

You will need to use an FTP client to change file permissions. First, connect to your website via FTP and then go to /wp-content/ folder. Inside, you’ll find the uploads folder, which is where WordPress stores all your media uploads including images. Now right click on the uploads directory and then select Properties >> Permission.   This will bring up the file permissions dialog box. First, you will need to set file permissions for the uploads directory and all the sub-directories

Recurse into subdirectories option. Now click on the ‘Apply to directories only’ radio button. Click on the OK button to apply these changes. Your FTP client will now start applying file permissions to the directories. In the next step, you will need to set file permissions for all the files in the uploads directory. To do that, right click on uploads directory and select file permissions. Check the box next to Recurse into subdirectories. Lastly, you need to click on ‘Apply to files only’ radio button. Click on the OK button to apply these changes. The FTP client will now change the permissions for all files inside the uploads folder. Once it is done, you can go back to your WordPress admin area and try uploading images again. Note: if you don’t know how to use an FTP client, then you can also use the file manager provided by your WordPress hosting company. Since the screenshots will vary from each host, you will need to talk to their support to find instructions. We hope this article helped you fix the image upload issue in WordPress.

– Source: wpbeginner

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