Hi everyone - I'm hoping someone has some insight into this.
I have four WordPress sites on my account that were installed using the One Click install (not the Deluxe version, the regular tweakable one). All good on that front, everything has been working great for years and so on. Still, I've had the old 'if .htaccess were writable, we could update automatically...' note in the Permalink options for each of them from day one, but didn't give it much thought since I just updated the rewrite rules manually.
What got me wondering again was that I have the WordFence plugin installed on one of the sites, and it prompted me to configure its Web Application Firewall, which again ran into the '.htaccess not writable issue'. So, I checked the .htaccess permissions on the server, and they are all set to 644, but even if I set them to 777 there's no change.
However, I also have two other WP installs I did manually, and there's absolutely no issue with writing to .htaccess when set to 644 - in fact, Wordpress behaves as you'd expect according to the permissions setting.
So, my question is, why would .htaccess permissions changes not apply on custom One Click WP installs, which should behave pretty much as if I FTPd the files and created the database manually? I can access and modify everything else, (hence the whole point of a fully customizable installation, as opposed to the 'Deluxe' option DH offers), but it's like there's a higher level restriction that keeps ignoring the CHMOD values I set on the .htaccess file.
Thanks in advance!