Updating WordPress from the dashboard.

I have a bunch of old WordPress installs that I manage. I have been updating them from the command line and updating plug-ins by dragging them from my desktop to the plugins folder using Cyberduck. There is an easier way but it requires a few tweaks to your install.

First you need to change the ownership of each file to www-data. I also change the group to the users group.

sudo chown -R www-data .
sudo chgrp -R user .

Then you need to add a line to the wp-config.php file. I added it to the last line of the file.

/* Sets up direct method for updating without FTP */

Now anyone with a dashboard login can update the site.

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