I am really new to blogs, I set one up through my hosting company and all was well until I was using a video tutorial and was setting Permalinks. I was instructed to create a .htaccess file and I think something went wrong. My blog links were not working so I was advised to just set it back to the default and everything worked as normal again. But since then I have been trying for the past 4 days to troublshoot editing. I cant seem to edit anything at all. I was mainly wanting to place some code in the bottom of the sidebar so I can submit my blog to some directories that require I place code on my blog. No matter what I do with the permissions, I cannot get the function to work. I would also like the change the look of the basic site slightly but mainly the code in the sidebar
I have tried many settings after advice from several forums plus been through the settings in the wordpress help/toubleshooting etc pages.
I have changed many files and folders to try and edit but none are working for me. I still have on the page
"If this file were writable you could edit it." and there is still no button to update the page even if I could edit.
Can someone please help me as I have tried everything and now I surely have many settings wrong as I have tried so many things and I am too new to this to know exactly what each setting should be to put them back which is most frustrating now.
I have been changing the settings through my hosts C panel in case you need to know that.
I dont know if the original problem with the .htaccess file is what has caused this, as I made another file but didnt need too and now its hidden, maybe something is wrong in that? I have no clue and have tried everything I can think of and all suggestions given.