Recently I was struggling with something in WordPress, any time I would try and make a change to a plug in or try and upgrade it would prompt me for a FTP Login. This was frustrating me as this blog was the only one I’ve set up so far that was giving me these problems. So it became my personal quest to try and find a fix for it
Upon searching I found that the reason it was asking me to enter FTP information is because it did not have permission to write to the location on disk that it needed to, so it was forcing it to be done through FTP. It’s an ingenious design, but the problem for me was that even after entering my FTP information it still failed. So even though I had the correct FTP information I was still not able to update my Plug ins or version of WordPress itself. The majority of the solutions out there dealing with the FTP issue tell you to add the basic FTP information to your Word Press configuration file so that it will automatically populate and connect using stored FTP information.
This solution wasn’t going to work for me, because even with the correct FTP information I still encountered a permissions error. So I tried using FTP to access my main account and went in and modified the permissions on the folder that hosted this website to be the same as the other blogs. I thought for sure this was the issue, but unfortunately it didn’t help.
That’s when I discovered what the solution was for me. Inside of my GoDaddy hosting manager under Content then File Manager was my answer staring me right in the face. All the folders that hosted blogs except for this one had Web Writable enabled. I’m not sure exactly what this setting does, but I can tell you that after I enabled it for this folder my blog worked great and I was able to update and install plug-ins and themes without a problem.
Now i’m assuming how this became a problem is that I created the folder inside of my hosting account prior to installing WordPress where as since I generally let the WordPress install through GoDaddy’s applications do the creating of the folder.
Hopefully, if you are struggling with the issue of being forced to enter FTP information to update WordPress and it still not working using GoDaddy and come across this blog it helps you out.