Neil & Jenny's Mexico Holiday

How to Solve WordPress Could Not Create Directory

Worked for me

Ngeshlew Geeking

WordPress is an interesting platform to build your website but when you get this kind of errors, you feel like plucking your hair off your head because nothing is happening. I have tried like 10 solutions but never got it right until now.

Am sure you have gotten something like this when trying to update your plugin or upgrading WordPress.

This is the error for the Upgrading of WordPress

Downloading update from…

Unpacking the update…

Could not create directory.

Installation Failed

This is the error for the plugin update

  Downloading update from…

  Unpacking the update…

  Could not create directory. /wp-content/upgrade/yourplugin.tmp
  Return to Plugins page

Step 1:

Plugin: Just change the permission of /public_html/wp-content and /public_html/wp-content/plugins to 775. If the update succeed just revert it back to its default permission.

Upgrading: Just change the permission of /public_html/wp-content and /public_html/wp-content/upgrade to 775. If the upgrade succeed just…

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Melaque Feb 8th

We got a very comfortable first class bus to Manzanillo, then up the coast a bit to a small town called Melaque on the sandy beaches of the Bahia de Navidad.  Thanks to Lonely Planet we found a very lovely family-owned hotel called Hotel Bahia, very close to the beach.

We arrived in this magical small sea  side town to watch a spectacular display of sea birds feeding on  shoal of small fish. The slow moving pelican was the most abundant, swooping, spotting a fish and diving. A few seagulls were spotting the pelicans & landing right next to the pelicans beaks as they emerged, trying to steal the silver morsel out of the pelicans  long beak, mostly it seemed to no avail. In all of it people were swimming, fishermen were casting nets from the shore. It’s most magical to be in the water watching the pelicans, with such tiny eyes, taking off & flying 5to20′ overhead, turning diving, just before entering the water punching their heads forward & then the head popping up. Sometimes a little fish is in the side of the beak, & then it is sw.  I can only guess the little fish  were trying to escape from bigger fish & coming closer to the shore. The fishermen were  mostly after the larger fish. Periodically the water shimmered as the small fish skipped across the surface of the water, alerting the circling birds. The scrum of birds moved, and with precision diving groups of  3 pelicans all dove together.
We are staying at a lovely “Hotel Bahia”,  owner  built & run, with a communal kitchen.


Melaque was packed with Canadian retirees snowbirding for the winter – and had a very easy and safe atmosphere !    We got pulled into a street/birthday party in honor of the hotel owner’s 24 year old daughter, complete with Mariachi singer. The owner and his wife, a stone mason, had built literrally built the their hotel from the ground up, and had a lovely bright open architecture. 


The beach was glorious, with a very gentle slope and gentle waves, and diving pelicans and other sea birds all mixed up with local fisherman, Mexican families and children, and foreign (mostly Canadian) tourists.  Great except for almost getting tangled in fishing lines one or twice, almost being pooped upon by the seabirds, and a Canadian woman we had met being stung by a stingray – but luckily there was a plant growing nearby which is THE local cure, and thanks to the quick work of young Rafael at the hotel she soon had her foot soaking and hot compresses and shots of tequila and got over it all very quickly.   I did go out and buy a pair of beach shoes though before I was brave enough to go swimming again!

Comila Sat Feb 2nd

We stayed near and enjoyed the central historic plazas, with live music in the central bandstand on several evenings.


We took a trip to the little “magical town” of Comala (taxi there, bus back), explored the archaeological excavations and reconstructions of old temple ruins at La Campana and El Chanal, and took a wonderful tour to see the Volcanoes of Fire and Snow, coffee plantations, a fabulous Alejandro Hidalgo museum (that is not on the beaten track) and to the workshop of a third generation wooden-mask maker in the village of Suchitlan.   One of the features of the temple ruins was that they found underground tombs complete with ceramics pots etc. for the deceased’s journey to the next world, including ceramic dogs which were regarded as spirit guides for the transition.  In one of the areas, apparently, there are 125 acres of ruins but they had only so far uncovered 1% of them!  In Colima we also did our own exploring of museums including a folk art museum at the university, with arts and crafts from all over Mexico .  One day we went to a free concert in the big local regional park, with young people using only pre-Spanish era indigenous instruments.  Everywhere we went we enjoyed the liveliness and color, the art, murals, sculptures, bright colors, and live music.

One day, while exploring we found some lovely  river art – a start in explaining the valuable processes the rivers perform.

Each side had a different set of art stories in the weatherproof tiles

Alas the local river was suffering from urban neglect.

Two days before, we needed to leave Colima we checked on the map/Lonely Planet and decide to head for what sounded like a  lovely coastal town of Melaque, and the Hotel Bahia! On to the next adventure.



The garden is a work of art. The owner Robert is a retired landscape designer from Oakland. I spotted cycaids, which I hadn’t seen since I left Zimbabwe, Robert confirmed they were natives of africa. In typical local style the garden was behind a mysterious gate in a wall. From the outside (picture here – […]

Jan 24 arrive Guadalaraja GDL

Met by our friend Jeannie and taken to the beautiful Las Sabilas.  This is in the older historic section – some of it 200years old. A few buildings we walked passed were a ruin, and a fair number of others rundown.

Las Sabilas, thanks to its owner is regenerated as a beautiful little oasis behind a closed door, and its referenced in the Lonely Planet guide!.


The central plaza is easy walking, with old colonial churches and easy to wander through museums. We are particularly interested in the older cultures.

GDL as the 2nd largest Mx city is every thing one thinks of a large city, a colonial history starting in 1532 with a tense relationship with the peoples already there. We started in the historic district, staying for two nights, enjoying the best of the public face, the plaza with a winter ice rink to one side, & public Wifi for internet access. The regional museum “museo regional“ is stunning for its lovely colonial architecture and presentation of natural & human histories, including a stunning collection of pre-hispanic artifacts, ceramics, silver & gold. Some of it dating to 600BC. Two archaeological sites near the town of Colima jumped out as a place to visit.
The complex of central plazas is brilliant. Off to the East is Instituo Cultural de Cabanas, with its stunning 57 murals and 23 courtyards. The building dates from1810, first used as an orphanage & then in 1938 the murals were painted depicting a local view of an archetypal struggle for freedom.

Off another part of the plaza was the biggest 3 story municipal “farmers” market that I’ve ever seen or could imagine, selling everything from cell phone SIM cards, to quince jelly, to shoes & lots of diffrent types of chillies . Mostly the rest of GDL is a big international industrial city with world brands & a layer of air pollution.