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[resolved] wp-admin dashboard or FTP? (2 posts)

  1. anadermann
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello all,

    I'm a new wordpress.org-er and when browsing through the how-to questions and responses, it seems a lot of people suggest accessing files through an FTP. I'm curious if the "Editor" part of the wp-admin dashboard counts as that? or if I really should get used to using an FTP.

    I ask because I'm reading about other users who want to remove things like "Posted on <date> by <user>", but then all the answers include looking through directories or creating a child theme or whatever that all seem to imply that I should be using an FTP program.

    Anywho, thanks for your time.

  2. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The WP-admin file editor != FTP.

    I strongly advise against using the WP-admin file editor for any file editing, of any kind.

    First of all: for making the kinds of changes you're referring to, you'll want to do so via Child Theme, which will require you to use an FTP client anyway, in order to upload the Child Theme to your server.

    Second: using an FTP client enables you to edit your files using the file editor of your choice - meaning you can use an editor that has things like proper tab-indentation, syntax-highlighting, line-numbering, etc.

    Third: unless your name is Otto or Nacin, you can and will break things if you make file edits using the WP-admin file editor - and when you do, you'll have to use an FTP client in order to access the edited file, in order to fix it.

    So: just do yourself a favor, and use an FTP client to begin with.

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