Setting up WordPress, I'm getting the following message:

"Sorry, but I can't write the wp-config.php file. "You can create the wp-config.php manually and paste the following text into it."

  1. Do I copy-paste the text into a file and upload that to the server?

  2. If yes to question 1, to create the file, is Text Wrangler an appropriate program to use? (I use a Mac)

  3. If Text Wrangler is an appropriate program, in saving the file, would I choose "Line breaks: Unix (LF)" and "Encoding: Unicode (UTF-8)" and would I manually add ".php" to the file name when I save it?

  4. The text that WordPress is giving me to paste into wp-config.php includes comments such as:

* * This file is used by the wp-config.php creation script during the * installation. You don't have to use the web site, you can just copy this file * to "wp-config.php" and fill in the values."


/**#@+ * Authentication Unique Keys and Salts. * * Change these to different unique phrases! * You can generate these using the {@link https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1>/salt/ WordPress.org secret-key service} * You can change these at any point in time to invalidate all existing cookies. This >will force all users to have to log in again.

...do I just copy all this into the file wp-config.php and upload it to the server?

Thanks, Richard

  • also, do i upload wp-config.php to public_html ?
    – Richard
    Commented Aug 7, 2011 at 8:40

1 Answer 1


Here is how you make your config.php manually:

In your download there should be a wp-config-sample.php.

  1. Open this is a text editor.
  2. Fill in your database connection details.
  3. Go to https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/salt/ and get the code.
  4. Copy the above cope and paste into the sample file over the top of the existing defines
  5. Save the file as wp-config.php

The answer to "should I put it in public_html?" is yes if thats where the rest of your wordpress files are.

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