I should preface this by saying that I'm fairly new to WordPress, and still learning my way around...
So I set up my WordPress site with the 1-click installer, made my own customized child theme of 2011, added a few plugins, and everything was running great. Then I guess Dreamhost recently pushed out an upgrade, and I started running into problems with plugins that needed to be updated.
Whenever I try to perform an automatic update of a plugin, such as Akismet for example, I am now presented with a screen saying that WordPress needs access to my web server, and wants me to enter my FTP password.
After entering the password, I get the following:
Searching the internet for information about this problem, I see hundreds of people with the same problem, and dozens of different solutions. Can anyone explain exactly what the problem is, and the safest way to fix it?