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I just changed my WordPress website domain name (on the same server). Everything works fine, and the paths are correct. I can install plugins and updates without any problem.

However, I can only upload media when the wp-content directory's permissions is set to 777. When I get it back to 755 I get an error that the file couldn't be copied to the folder.

What could cause this problem?

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Sounds like permissions for the web server, maybe your web server runs as www-data then the user or group should have read permission. Se more in this Q: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/1430/… – Pontus Abrahamsson Feb 20 '13 at 13:06
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Well' for anyone that faces this problem. look here: plesk-permissions-wordpress

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