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    can I use WP to edit files in my home dir, OUTSIDE the wordpress dir? I can’t seem to get WP to find them even if I type the absolute path “/www/about.php” or something similar. any ideas?


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  • Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    I believe the editor you may need would be fckeditor ?

    thanks podz!

    you can try typing ../ to move back a directory


    I thought so too…no go!

    Did you try “../about.php”?

    “Sorry, can’t edit files with “..” in the name. If you are trying to edit a file in your WordPress home directory, you can just type the name of the file in.”

    Apparently WP no likey the “..”

    Any other Ideas on this topic I’m having the same problem and I really don’t want to cram my entire site into the wp directory.


    I rarely edit online. There is the problem that servers can go down.

    So for static pages I use a text editor, I got one from editpadlite and then upload them using cpanel or a ftp program.

    Editing on my home computer means I automatically get a backup file.

    Floppies and an occasional cdr/rw fails on me, so I have backups of my backups as well. Hmm. That reminds me, I have to do a backup of my home computer this week.

    why editpadlite ? It doesn’t word wrap the lines.

    All very good points chuckblue and I agree editing with a good text editor is the best way to go, however when I don’t have FTP access (for instance when I’m on the road interstate etc.) it would be very handy to be able to make changes remotely.

    I was able to edit files that were not in the wp directory before, if anybody knows what has changed and has any possible suggestions that would be fantastic.


    If you have a laptop, still use notepad, etc. to type up the post then copy and paste it into the write form in your blog.

    Of course, if you cannot copy and paste… that can lead to lost info sooner or later.

    I haven’t tried to edit non-wp files using wp. I use my cpanel file manager for that.

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