On a private server with a small, controlled set of users, there is no need to use a chmod 777 to make the Joomla! folders writable in order to perform installs. You can set the server up so that both Apache and FTP have control of site files.


  • Edit the Apache user.conf file and tell apache to run under the FTP account.
  • chmod the entire site to 644 or 744. Apache should be able to run just fine that way.


  • chgrp the entire web space to the FTP group so that only those with FTP access can write to the server.
  • chmod the entire web space to 764 or 664 will be possible giving other users write access as well

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