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  1. Craig
    September 2, 2009
    4:52 am

    I have the above problem, but everytime I try to change my access to 777 I am told I do not have permission. I am using a QNAP 209 server.

  2. admin
    September 2, 2009
    1:27 pm

    Hello Craig,
    Thank you for your time and commnet.

    First make sure you have right access. for example root user in linux servers have full access.
    Also some server does not allow you to chmod 777. Some server even change automatically to chmod 644 if apply chmod 777.

    Try chmod 766 or chmod 764.

    by the way you can always upload your plugin directly using ftp.

    I hope it helped.

  3. mecal
    September 16, 2009
    6:48 am

    not work for me

  4. Andy
    September 16, 2009
    4:28 pm

    Sorry to hear that. Solving this problem is very simple. all you need is give write permission to the plugin directory.

    Just let you know chmod is a Unix/Linux shell command used to change permissions on files. Its name is a contraction of “change mode.”

    Please let me know how you applied that?

  5. Charles
    November 25, 2009
    4:00 am

    Hello Andy,

    I’ve tried implementing the suggestion you gave for installing themes and plugins to my existing blog, but am unsure where to access the plugin admin. Is it in the blog admin area or the web hosting company’s admin area. Do you have step-by-step instructions? That would help me greatly.

    Thanks for all you help with this.

  6. Andy
    December 1, 2009
    3:43 pm

    Hello Charles,

    There are two ways to install a plugin or theme.

    A) You can upload them manually using a ftp program directly to your WordPress. Normally path is like this “your_site/wp-content/plugins” or “your_site/wp-content/themes”. Then try to login in your wp admin area and activate that plugin or theme. This way will work most of the times.

    B) Second way is same with above, only you no need to copy it with ftp program. You will upload it directly in WordPress admin area. And then you need activate them.

    Thank You

  7. Jarhead
    January 25, 2010
    4:52 am

    I have this problem, but here’s the kicker on two other blogs I can just install plugin’s and theme’s easy, NO ftp window comes up and it just works 😉

    Now on this new blog which the host setup and installed for me I have to fill in the FTP connection


    and then get the famous cant unzip message.

    What gives

  8. stuff24
    February 10, 2010
    3:59 pm

    I also had problems during the installation of plugins and tried your solutions, but did not succeed and I think changing the chmod is not a good solutions.
    I found two other solutions:

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