Finally, I decided to change my server’s PHP handler to suPHP from mod_php. It’s more secure and I can update my plugins and WordPress files automatically without annoying permission errors.
Here’s what my php config looks like after the update:
php.conf updated to:
# This file was automatically generated by the Cpanel PHP Configuration system
# If you wish to change the way PHP is being handled by Apache on your system,
# use the /usr/local/cpanel/bin/rebuild_phpconf script or the WHM interface.
# Manual edits of this file will be lost when Apache is updated.
# SuPHP configuration for PHP5
LoadModule suphp_module modules/mod_suphp.so
AddType application/x-httpd-php5 .php5 .php4 .php .php3 .php2 .phtml
# End of autogenerated PHP configuration.
Updating user configurable PHP settings.
[info] recursion depth is set to: 2
Now, I can update WordPress hassle free!
To change your php handler, you should have WHM root access. This is the only way I know. I think you can change it via SSH, but I haven’t tried it yet.
Once you’re logged in as root, just go to Service Configuration > Configure PHP and SuExec > Alter Configuration > PHP 5 Handler > Select suPHP.
Once you’ve selected suPHP, just click “Save New Configuration”.