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How to Update WordPress Automatically Without Using FTP

Sometimes when you try to update your WordPress version or plugins, you might get a screen asking to provide your FTP connection information. This is a common issue whereby the WordPress system can’t write to your /wp-content folder directly.

Here is the screen you might come across:-

To solve this issue you need to define the FTP details in your wp-config.php file so WordPress will remember it. Alternatively, you may also provide WordPress with write access to your /wp-content folder by accessing the FTP root file and changing the folder file permission (CHMOD) to 775 rather than the default 755 and 644.

There is however an easier solution; by defining constant, FS_METHOD in your wp-config.php file. This bypasses WordPress’s recurring prompts, and allows auto-updates of your files to happen. And it takes only 1 line of code to do this.

So firstly open up your wp-config.php file from your WordPress root folder (you may access this file from your WordPress installer folder).

Paste the following code to your wp-config.php file, preferably just below every other line of code:-


define('FS_METHOD','direct');

Once you have added this and saved the file, you should be able to update WordPress & plugins again. Hope this helps!

Nathan da Silva - Profile

Posted by: Nathan da Silva

Nathan is the Founder of Silva Web Designs. He is passionate about web development, website design and basically anything digital related. His main expertise is with WordPress, Magento, Shopify as well of many other frameworks. Whether you need responsive design, SEO, speed optimisation or anything else in the world of digital then get in touch. If you would like to work with Nathan, simply drop him an email at [email protected]

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