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Having a hard time getting started with wordpress

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by MetalMan390, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. MetalMan390

    MetalMan390 Regular Member

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    I started out using blogger because it's so easy, but want to try to learn wordpress. I'm having a hard time getting anywhere with it because I don't know anything about building websites, ftp, scripts, any of that junk. It took me forever to even get the blog up (I am using 000webhost.com because it's free to play around with until I learn what I am doing). Anyways, all I want to do is change my theme but I can't figure out how the hell to do it. Logged into wordpress, every time I try to upload a new theme it says "Unable to create directory /home/********/public_html/wp-content/uploads/2009/12. Is its parent directory writable by the server?"

    I have tried changing the directory in the settings.miscellaneous to just wp-content/uploads without the / in front of the wp-content but that didn't help. There are other suggestions I have read online about changing the permissions to 775 or 777, but I can't seem to figure out how to do that. In the 000webhost file manager, I can see the wp-content folder, and the permissions say rwxr-xr-x, whatever that means. On the far right side of the screen there are options called "actions", that allow you to view, edit, and open, but these are not available to any folder, only individual files, so it doesn't seem like I can change the settings at all for the wp-content folder.

    Anyone know what to do here?
     
  2. creep

    creep Registered Member

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    your new theme should be in wp-content/themes not uploads.
     
  3. freeufcdotinfo

    freeufcdotinfo Power Member

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    Use FTP software - from there you should be able to change permissions of folders and files, other than that by going into CPANEL of who evers hosting and looking for file system.

    I know its a pain in the ass if your doing it for first time.. ( that sounded wrong )
     
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  4. creep

    creep Registered Member

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    ROFL that was funny as...shit
     
  5. Hector22

    Hector22 Newbie

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    that's the laugh of the day! thx
     
  6. MetalMan390

    MetalMan390 Regular Member

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    lol yeah it is a pain in the ass because it's my first time. hopefully it gets easier and more pleasurable as i become more experienced! haha

    ok now all jokes aside i changed the default folder in wordpress to wp-content/themes and tried uploading again, and am getting the same message.

    what is a good ftp software that's free?
     
  7. GloCk99

    GloCk99 Regular Member

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    Try using filezilla.

    Log on. Look for the "themes" folder. Upload it to there, then go into wordpress and activate the theme from there:
     
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  8. MetalMan390

    MetalMan390 Regular Member

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    thanks, downloaded filezilla and changed the permissions to 777. tried uploading the theme again on WP and it didn't work because of the wp-contnet/THEMES i had to changed themes back to uploads, then it finally worked.