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I have a problem with wordpress upload folder permission on nginx/ubuntu VPS.

keep getting the error:

“asr.jpg” has failed to upload due to an error Unable to create directory uploads/2014/02. Is its parent directory writable by the server?

here are my uploads folder settings:

drwxrwxr-x 8 www-data www-data 4096 Feb 6 14:41 uploads

I also check that wordpress/php is running as the www-data user.

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Problem solved. The issue was tedious WordPress settings oversight. Completely forgot to check uploads folder location after server migration; check for upload folder setting under Settings/Media.

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