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WordPress Admin Page Not Found

September 20, 2007 by debbie T | WordPress

This issue popped up last month right after I updated my WordPress blogs to 2.2.2 – my public blog pages were loading perfectly, but when I tried to access any admin pages, I would receive the dreaded 404 error, with “Page Not Found”

It was bizarre because I getting the same error for all three of my WordPress blogs. I couldn’t find any help at the WordPress forums, so I contacted my host, trying to rule out a server problem.

While waiting for my help ticket to be answered, I checked my error logs and found this error message

“[2007-08-21 14:50:49]: error: directory is writable by others: (/home/xxxxx/public_html/xxxxx/wp-admin)”

On a hunch, I changed the directory permissions (for wp-admin) from 775 to 755, and voila, I now had access to my blog’s admin pages.

I posted an update to my help ticket, and found out that my host had been converting all the servers over to phpsuexec. Under phpsuexec, scripts all run as the user, and not the web server user “nobody” so permissions should not be any higher than 755.

Anyway, today I experienced the same problem accessing the admin after upgrading to WordPress 2.2.3, so I figured I best write an article about it, so I remember what to do if it keeps happening. I usually delete all necessary directories and files before uploading the new ones, so by default that directory must receive permissions of 775.

Hope it helps someone else if they are experiencing the same issues!

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