I have a reasonably fresh WordPress install on my Ubuntu Linux server and I uploaded an image to it for use in a blog post. I checked the path in WordPress settings and I checked the contents on the server:

$ ls -l /srv/www/wp-uploads/blog.linformatronics.nl/2013/01
total 320
-rw-rw-r-- 1 www-data www-data 22033 Jan 19 10:23 ccs5licence1-150x150.png
-rw-rw-r-- 1 www-data www-data 64195 Jan 19 10:23 ccs5licence1-300x214.png
-rw-rw-r-- 1 www-data www-data 22033 Jan 19 10:19 ccs5licence-150x150.png
-rw-rw-r-- 1 www-data www-data 71973 Jan 19 10:23 ccs5licence1.png
-rw-rw-r-- 1 www-data www-data 64195 Jan 19 10:19 ccs5licence-300x214.png
-rw-rw-r-- 1 www-data www-data 71973 Jan 19 10:19 ccs5licence.png

The files are actually uploaded through WordPress, so it has write access to the filesystem/directory.

But when I try to use it in a blog post it shows a broken image and when I point the webbrowser directly to the image it throws an error 404 page: https://blog.linformatronics.nl/wp-uploads/2013/01/ccs5licence1.png

From the settings => media page in WordPress:

Uploading Files
Store uploads in this folder /srv/www/wp-uploads/blog.linformatronics.nl    
Full URL path to files       http://blog.linformatronics.nl/wp-uploads  

I'm fairly new to WordPress, so I still need to find my way around a bit.

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    I never heard of a wp-uploads/2013/01/ directory structure, but wp-content\uploads\2013\01. Is everything alright? or I'm wrong? Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 9:55
  • When I upload a file using the WordPress built in media upload dialog, the files are actually put into the exact mentioned location and I copied the settings in my post. The average Linux server uses forward slashes.
    – jippie
    Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 11:10
  • Solved it by adding a symlink: sudo ln -s /srv/www/wp-uploads wp-uploads Still don't know why it doesn't work through the regular config, but apparently the rewrite rules are not in place.
    – jippie
    Commented Jun 27, 2013 at 19:52

4 Answers 4


I think the problem is that you are storing your images in /srv/www/wp-uploads/blog.linformatronics.nl/2013/01 but your link to the image is https://blog.linformatronics.nl/wp-uploads/2013/01/ccs5licence1.png.

What you need to do is tell wordpress to store the images in /srv/www/blog.linformatronics.nl/wp-uploads/2013/01.

What your trying to do, it seems, is store images in wp-uploads/blog.linformatronics.nl but the folders should be swapped. It's the website name and then the wp-uploads folder.

  • The problem is why images are being uploaded to that strange location. Can you explain why that might be happening or what to do to fix it?
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 22:52
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    As you said the settings from Setings > Media is Store uploads in this folder /srv/www/wp-uploads/blog.linformatronics.nl That needs to be /srv/www/blog.linformatronics.nl/wp-uploads/ OR /srv/www/wp-uploads/. Which one works will more depend on your server setup
    – Vincent P
    Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 9:35

Just ran into this problem and found that navigating to Settings > Media and then changing the Full URL path to files setting from




eg http://blog.mysite.com/wp-uploads/blog.mysite.com

  • Still receive the 404.
    – jippie
    Commented Jun 27, 2013 at 19:34
  • Did solve it now with a symlink, see above. Your hint was part of the solution.
    – jippie
    Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 19:45

You are telling WordPress to store the images outside the path of your WordPress install. It is doing that but is then not able to access them.

If you specifiy a path within the WordPress install (the default is wordpress/wp-content/uploads/) WordPress will be able to find the stored images.


A reason for this behavior also could be, that, after moving your DB improperly, the auto increment (A_I) property is missing on your tables.

Thus, make sure you have the A_I set on the posts table (and all others) again.

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