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How exactly do I edit? (20 posts)

  1. PaddyJT
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hello,

    I'm new to WordPress and I can't figure out how I'm supposed to access all of these pages to edit. How exactly do I do it? And where do I find all of these files? I'm using 1&1 Blog powered by wordpress incase that matters.

  2. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    So... I gotta ask: Edit what?

  3. PaddyJT
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Well, edit anything. I keep seeing all sorts of things around here to get rid of sidebars and such. First and foremost, I'd like to edit the header image at the top of my website:

  4. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Ah, Edit Themes.

    You'll find them under wp-content/themes/YourThemeName

    You'll choose your theme by logging in and going to Presentation.

    From there, if your file permissions are sufficient, you can use the built in theme editor.

    I, personally, prefer to ftp/scp them down to my desktop where I can use a real editor (and save off a backup in case I hose something up).

  5. PaddyJT
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Ok, but when I go to my Presentation panel and such, I've got a theme chosen (The default one) but how do I change that image to a custom one?

  6. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Ok, we're narrowing in on it now.

    Designing_Headers

  7. PaddyJT
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I've read through that a bit before and again now, I'm wondering though, where to edit all this stuff though? Where do I find the files with all of this code and such?

    Thanks.

  8. PaddyJT
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Also, does the fact that I'm using WordPress through 1&1 (my webhost) affect my editing abilities?

    Thanks.

  9. DianeV
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    If you haven't downloaded your theme, do so now. It's in your WordPress directory, in:

    wp-content > themes > thethemeyourusing

    Then edit those and upload them to the server.

    You can also edit them through the WordPress interface, but I'd suggest that that's more hassle.

  10. pizdin_dim
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    You really should invest some time to learn the basics of WP. Perhaps have a look at the webmonkey tutorial as an introduction.

  11. Doodlebee
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I'm using 1&1 Blog powered by wordpress incase that matters.

    Oh yes, it does.

    I've installed WordPress several times on 1&1.com, and (if you've ever seen any of my old posts) my opinion is to stay away from that host - don't touch it with a 10-foot-pole. If you *have* to use them, then *absolutely* DO NOT use their one-click installation.

    1&1.com does not let you have access to your database or your files. You cannot upload plugins or (as I recall) new themes to the system. I'm also pretty sure you can't edit the exiting theme you have. If you log into your admin panel and click "presentation" and "theme editor", you'll see at the bottom of the window "if this file were writeable you could edit it". If you actually see an "edit this file" button, I'll be in shock.

    However, when you FTP into your 1&1.com account to change your file permissions, you *will not* find wordpress files *anywhere* - this is why you can't upload new themes or change permissions or add in new plugins. You will not have access to the filesystem to do so. Their "one click" installation hides everything from you. The BIG thing is, after a while, you'll get tired of it and want to move or put up your own installation so you can have more control - but guess what? You can't even back up your database with them - so you lose *everything*.

    Take my advice - find a new host and save yourself a lot of headaches. But if you're not gonna (or can't), then at *least* do your own installation - don't use the "one-click" thing. If you can't install it yourself, contact us over at the install4free site.

  12. DianeV
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks for the data, doodlebee. It's pretty vital data.

  13. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    oooooo. Thanks D-bee!

    Goodness, that'll help remind me to search on host names next time someone seems so confused!

  14. Doodlebee
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    doing installations has let me see a *lot* of different hosts. 1&1.com has been placed in my "NEVER USE" folder for a loooooong time!

  15. PaddyJT
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thank You! I've been wondering what the heck everyone was talking about, that's why. I can't use a different web host I'm afraid, but I should do the normal download then you said? Ok, thanks I'll give it a shot. Good Thing I've only just started my 1&1 Blog. Thanks Mate.

  16. Doodlebee
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yes - just do the regular installation yourself, upload the files and everything yourself. 1&1.com has some *very* interesting techniques - initially, you're going to have a problem finding the actual index page (making it show up) because 1&1.com likes to set an ad for their services on all new accounts as the index page, then it's a chore to find out *where* that file is so you can get rid of it and actually see your site.

    Once you get that figured out, you'll be able to access everything you need to. Once you get the opportunity to change hosts, then I'd jump on that chance. And at least with the regular installation, you can back up your database and move the site with you when you go.

    By the way, 1&1.com is the *only* host I've ever worked with where the "famous 5-minute install" doesn't work - but it's not WordPress' fault - believe me.

  17. PaddyJT
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Well, I've tried for a few hours solid now to make heade or tales of all of this and I can't do it. I'm having a computer guy I know come over sometime soon to give me a hand with it. :-\

  18. Doodlebee
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Like I said, Paddy - you can drop us a note over at the install4free site - we've done it before. ;)

  19. MoneySpinning
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    doodlebee - your reply has helped me, I am with 1&1 and wondered how I could customise the header, and why I couldn't find any of the files in my FTP space.

    Shame it's not customisable.

  20. Perronaider
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    thanks god i've found this topic... same thing with 1and1... i was wondering why it was impossible to customize my blog but i know now...

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