Linux Permissions Issue (Can't Upload)

My user is tom.

my folder structure is setup like such:

/var/www/domain1.com/public_html

/var/www/domain1 are set as root:root.
public_html is set to www-data:www-data

I added my user tom to www-data (and did login/logoff)

When I attempt to upload to public_html, I get an access denied error.

What do I need to do to upload to this folder?
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RobertSystems AdministratorCommented:
Check and verify that the www-data group has write permissions to the public_html folder.  You can view the current permissions on the files and folders by using the "ls -l" command.

It should look like this:
drwxrwxr-x   root   www-data   public_html

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Computer GuyAuthor Commented:
Currently is is set to:

drwxr-xr-x  www-data www-data public_html

What permission number is drwxrwxr-x
gheistCommented:
You dont want any writable file in web-reachable place.
Suhosin,selinux and apparmor are all well trained against such files.
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Computer GuyAuthor Commented:
In this case I am in the middle of uploading some files locally to server via sftp. Is there a better way in this case?
gheistCommented:
If you have huge collection of files rsync is better, but you are close to perfection.
RobertSystems AdministratorCommented:
You can use chmod to change permissions:

chmod 775 on the directory will give user and group full permissions, while everyone else is given only read and execute.

To apply this change recursively, you can to the following:

cd /var/www/domain1.com && chmod -R 775 public_html
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