WordPress Permalinks Issue

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Many people seem to have this issue where you create a WordPress site and then when you go to change the site URL structure under “Permalinks”, the site is unable to change it due to permissions.

To Resolve:

  1. First thing to figure out is which directory is the root of your website. Doing a generic install it is /var/www/html for Apache.

  2. Copy the code it gives you on the WordPress page. Create that file in the directory from step 1 and gave it full permissions (temporarily):

    cd /var/www/html
    sudo touch .htaccess
    sudo pluma .htaccess
    • paste in code from above and save.
  3. It said to change permission to apache:apache and run:

    sudo chmod 777 .htaccess
    sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/*
    sudo service httpd restart
  4. This should’ve done the trick. But what really happened is once I saved, I got a bunch of AVC Denied errors from Selinux on my Centos VM. So I had to look that up

  5. I started thinking, maybe if it’s not just SELinux, but maybe some configuration for Apache.

    # I ran the following along with the previous steps and it seemed to work. But the links weren't actually changing.
    sudo setenforce 0
    # I then ran the following and it still didn't work. Rebooted.
    sudo semanage fcontext -a -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t '.htaccess' 
    # I then ran the following in /var/www/html to confirm. Still didn't work.
    chcon --type httpd_sys_rw_content_t /var/www/html/.htaccess
    ls -alZ
    # I started thinking, maybe if it's not just SELinux, but maybe some configuration for Apache.
    cat /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
    # Look for
    <Directory /path/to/site>
    AllowOverride None
    # Add/change the following setting to allow .htaccess in your web directory to work:
    AllowOverride FileInfo
    # Restart the daemon
    sudo service restart httpd
    # This resolved it!
    # NOTE: I've also read that you may have to enable the "mod_rewrite" module: 
    sudo a2enmod rewrite; sudo service apache2 restart