Could not create directory. ?

Hello There

I have seen this on 2 sites 1) New with Multi DB 2) Multi Site

Could not create directory. /home/virtuals/public_html/wp-content/upgrade/wdp-un.tmp/wpmudev-updates

Now the server config is still the same the permissions are still set up

chmod -R 777 /home/virtuals/public_html

chmod -R 777 /home/virtuals/public_html/wp-content

chown -R virtuals:virtuals /home/virtuals/public_html

chown -R virtuals:virtuals /home/virtuals/public_html/wp-content

I have also tried to download it and upload trough WordPress 3.5 still now luck

I have used FTP and this Worked for me

I did also see this with any other plunging so this is telling me there is a server bug some were.

Please let me know if any of you have the same bug :slight_smile:

Thank you Kindly


  • Mark de Scande
    • Syntax Hero

    The fix :slight_smile:

    My toughts

    WordPress 3.5 no longer supports

    define(‘FS_METHOD’, ‘direct’:wink:;

    I then remove it and i had to add my FTP details in the wordpress update screen and now it work 100% on

    I will test it now and let you know if the outer sites are ok.



  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    Excellent glad your making some progress now, let us know how this goes with your other sites.

    I’ve not seen anything saying that FS_METHOD is depreciated and usually they would do a soft removal first.

    You may still like to consult with your host if you’re still wanting to define FS_METHOD.

    Anyway, let us know how you gon on those other sites.

    Take care.

  • Mark de Scande
    • Syntax Hero

    Ok All sites fixed :slight_smile:

    Ref look for WordPress Upgrade Constants

    1) Set up new FTP Account in cpanel

    Make sure it shows /public_html NOT public_html/user/

    2) Add the details to wp-config.php

    define(‘FS_METHOD’, ‘ftpext’:wink:;

    define(‘FTP_BASE’, ‘/path/to/wordpress/’:wink:;

    define(‘FTP_CONTENT_DIR’, ‘/path/to/wordpress/wp-content/’:wink:;

    define(‘FTP_PLUGIN_DIR ‘, ‘/path/to/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/’:wink:;

    define(‘FTP_USER’, ‘username’:wink:;

    define(‘FTP_PASS’, ‘password’:wink:;

    define(‘FTP_HOST’, ‘’:wink:;

    define(‘FTP_SSL’, false);

    3) Pull up your site and go to the upgrade or add a plunging or theme if you added the details correctly it will just work, if not make sure your FTP details are correct.

    Thank you Kindly


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