How to remove "permission denied" on joomla

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The Joomla Content Management System, or CMS, offers all the power scalability of CMS platforms that cost thousands of dollars at a much lower price -- actually, it's free. Developed by thousands of open-source contributors, Joomla is the choice of millions of website owners around the world -- 2.7% of all Web CMS systems, according to -- who want an easy-to-install and simple to administer content-centric website. When installing Joomla, though, you might receive "Permission Denied" errors following the installation. There are many reasons why the error occurs. In most cases, removing the errors is as simple as resetting folder permissions on your Web server.

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    Navigate to your Joomla website home page. Click the menu links on the site to determine which folders you cannot access on the Web server. For instance, if you have a menu link titled "About Me" and click the link, you should see a URL in the address bar similar to "" If when you click the link, you see the "Permission Denied" error, you must change the permission settings for the folder in your Web hosting control panel.

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    Navigate to the login page for your Web hosting control panel account. Log in with your username and password.

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    Click the "File Manager" link in the control panel. Wait for the File Manager to appear and display a list of folders on your Web server.

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    Double-click the "HTML," "Public_HTML," "Web" or other folder name that contains the HTML and PHP files for your website.

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    Locate the name of the folder that contains content you cannot access because of the "Permission Denied" error. Highlight the folder name, then click "Change Permissions" on the File Manager toolbar. If the File Manager does not have a "Change Permissions" option on the toolbar, right-click the folder name and click "Permissions," "File/Folder Permissions" or "Change Permissions" on the pop-up menu.

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    Enable "Read" and "Execute" permissions for all of the three user types: "User," "Group" and "World." Enable "Write" permission for "User" only. Enable "Execute" permission for all three user types. If the "Change Permissions" or "File Permissions" dialogue box prompts for number values or does not display check boxes for the different user types, enter "755" in the permissions box. "755" is the numerical value of the permission settings listed above.

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    Click the "Change Permissions" or "Save" button. Click "Refresh" on the File Manager tool bar.

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    Browse to your Joomla website and click the link again. You should now be able to view Web page files contained in the folder.

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    Change permissions for other folders on your Web server as needed.

Tips and warnings

  • If you see the "Permission Denied" error when attempting to access a specific file or Web page, you can change the permissions for that particular file in the same way you would for a folder. Simply select the filename in the File Manager and change its permissions.

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