Bagi, I have been using the 777 perms to get over the unwriteable issues whilst complaining to my hosting company. they have now come back with the comments below. could you advise what directories if any you can think that need to be written "I'm sorry, I should have told you this in the first place. The best solution is to use the permissions I mentioned in my first post (775) and change the group to 'nobody' as this is the user that runs apache and php. This will allow access to any web applications you may have installed. If you'd like us to do this, let us know specifically which directories need chown'd, as it's probably not that easy to do on your end."