How to Fix: ‘Upload folder is not writable’ WordPress


This error is commonly seen when trying to upload media or plugins and themes.

The error message may also read, “Unable to create directory…”

Most of the time, when I see this issue, it’s after a site has been moved, migrated from a developer to your account or moved from one host to another.

Here’s why it’s not working.

There is an “upload path” stored in the database so that WordPress knows where to put your files once you upload them in the WP Admin.

When you migrate a site from one hosting account to another, that upload path is not going to be the same and therefore WordPress can not “write to that path”.

How we fix this issue.

I’ll show you three ways to correct this, each require a different level of skills. However, and this is important, in some cases you will not be able to use the first option below.If you rather have a WP Geek fix this issue for you, just order a One Time Fix here!

From within the WP Admin

  1. Click on “Settings”
  2. Click on “Media”
  3. Look for “Upload Files Section”
  4. Look for “Store uploads in this folder”
  5. Replace whatever is there with “wp-content/uploads” (without the quotes)
  6. Click “Save Changes”
  7. DONE!

From the Database – More Advanced

  1. Login to phpMyAdmin
  2. Click on Database name on left
  3. Click on “wp_options” table
  4. Click on “Browse”
  5. Find the “upload_path” row
  6. Replace what is there with “wp-content/uploads”
  7. DONE!

From options.php

This provides a simplified view of the Database tables.

  1. Go to (replace with your domain name)
  2. Scroll down to find “upload_path”
  3. Replace what is there with “wp-content/uploads”
  4. Click “Save Changes”
  5. DONE!

Wrapping up, ‘Upload folder not writable’ fix…

After following one of the fixes above, you should be able to go and successfully upload your file.

If you have questions, or need further assistance, please use the comments or chat below.

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