I am trying to setup Magento (community edition 1.9.1) on our shared hosting server. I am pretty new to Magento, though I did get a dummy site set up fairly easily on a local machine.
The problem that I am facing is that whenever I try to install an extension through Magento Connect I get various cannot write, cannot access etc errors.
I have set all the permissions to 777 via Filezilla, but there are certain files that are created by Magento that I cannot modify via FTP. If I log into the plesk panel for the site it says that those files/folders have the user Apache, and I can only modify them through the file manager interface. I can get it to proceed to some extent by manually creating the folders it is asking for through file manager but obviously this is slow and tedious and ultimately I still end up with a giant list of inaccessible files.
I hoped to get around this by using the FTP deployment but that give me error:
deployment ftp error. cannot chdir after login
Is there something that I am doing wrong? I have spent the day ploughing through google searches and forum posts and none of the solutions there seem to solve the problem. Do I need to contact the hosting provider?