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WordPress error: Unable to create directory uploads. Is its parent directory writable by the server?

The dreaded error:

Unable to create directory uploads. Is its parent directory writable by the server?

I’ve got my hands wrapped around my head and telling myself “how to fix this, how to fix this, how to fix this…”. After a few moments of self talk, some disillusionment and finally over to Google search landed me on a couple of sites that had given supposedly clear solutions. But, you know what even Google has lost it’s touch and provides search results that are so old it’s just not funny anymore.

Anyway, after more thought and thinking and people writing about changing directory permissions to 771 and then some even went far as 777.

Although it’s not the devils number it sure is close enough for any would be sinister hacker to come right through and help themselves.

Improper File Paths

The problem with this type of “directory uploads” has got to do with having proper paths in the settings.

It Silently Happened While Moving WordPress Sites

This week I’ve been working on moving 50 sites from one server to another. It was all done manually and without having access to SSH. I moved some websites across into the same… Continue reading

Great Tips in Finding a Hot Market to Sell Your Products

How To Find Hot Markets

There are many ways to promote a product but there are few that work most of the time. This is one method that works.

  1. Find a market that is spending money. Look for a hot market with lots of buyers. Look around for what is selling in the market and start researching that market.
  2.  Develop a product to sell by finding what they want. The best way sell to an active market is to sell them products that will give them what they are looking for. This may involve solving a particular problem that they are trying to solve or to quench their needs.
  3. There should be a demand for the product and service.There is no point in developing a product that has no demand for it no matter how hi-tech it is. People have to need it and should be actively searching for them. What are they demanding and accordingly supply the product to fulfil their demands.
  4. Offer something that people are actually in need of , something that will make their lives a lot better if they had it. Something that they can’t resist until they have that product or service to… Continue reading

Which Web Servers – Tiny Guide to NginX, LiteSpeed, Apache, Varnish

While searching around for a new hosting company to host my sites I cam across this document which took my interest in the Webserver Technologies area.

Not all hosts are the same – even within the same hosting company you will find that one server performs better than the other. There are many factors to analyse in order to come up with a distinct study between which is better. Frankly, in a perfect world all are equal. But when we factor many things into the equation things change.

This document is a very basic guide to the differences between “some” of the web hosting server types used in the industry. There are more of course but these are the common ones I know that are widely used.

I must be really interested in all this server technologies. I have come across so much that I am now wondering what of the following is the “better” server set up:

“NginX Accelerated, Varnished, Apache”


Just plain Apache in whatever form…


LiteSpeed Web Server

Looks like every host has their own determination and justification for what’s better. I am now very CONFUSED. I think web server technology used is as if… Continue reading