Ubuntu 11.04 – WordPress updates and plugins through web interface

If you have found this page, you likely know it is a bit of a pain to get updates and plugin installs to work within WordPress and a vanilla Ubuntu install. So this post a quickie to tell about what setup I am using to get it work.

First, the ftp server I am using. I tried vsftpd, but got lots of permissions problems when I tried to apply the updates or install patches. I played around with permissions and owners for a bit, but gave up.

Instead I tried proftpd, but it was also a pain to get working at first. It turns out, it worked fine once I changed the server type from “inet” to “standalone” in the /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf file!

For permissions, I added my own user to the www-data group and then just give my login information to the wordpress interface to install the updates.