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  • Hello all:
    Thanks for any help in this.. I recently updated my site to 4.7, updated all plugins, cleared cache, etc. My problem is I cannot access my functions.php within my child theme in the Appearance menu. It is replaced with Migrate Settings. I have made back ups of my site and data. Did WP remove the Editor in 4.7? I searched the forums but nothing seems to come up.

    Thank you!

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  • Moderator t-p


    Make sure all your plugins and theme are up to date, compatible with 4.7

    If they are, then try:
    – Flushing any caching plugins you might be running, as well as server and/or browser caches. Not just your browser, but any op cache or content network cache as well such as Cloudflare. If your host provider has a “Purge Varnish” option or if you can ask your provider to flush memcache on your server.
    – If that does not resolve the issue, try deactivating ALL (yes all) plugins temporarily to see if this resolves the problem (plugin functions can interfere). If this works, re-activate them individually (one-by-one) to find the problematic plugin(s).
    – If that does not resolve the issue, or if you can’t get into your admin dashboard, try resetting the plugins folder by FTP. Sometimes, an apparently inactive plugin can still cause problems. Also remember to deactivate any plugins in the mu-plugins folder (if you have created such folder). The easiest way is to rename that folder to mu-plugins-old.
    – If that does not resolve the issue, keep all plugins deactivated and try switching to the unedited default Theme (Twenty Seventeen) for a moment using the WP dashboard to rule out any theme-specific issue (theme functions can interfere like plugins). If you don’t have access to your admin area, use FTP , or your web-host’s cPanel or whatever file management application your host provides (no Dashboard access required). Navigate to /wp-content/themes/ and switch to the default theme by renaming your current theme’s folder by adding “-old” to the end of the folder name. Alternately, you can remove other themes except the default theme. That will force your site to use it.
    – If all the above steps do not resolve the issue, then try MANUALLY updating. Download a fresh copy of the WordPress .zip file to your computer, unzip it, and use that to copy up all files and folders EXCEPT the wp-config.php file and the /wp-content/ directory. You may need to delete the old wp-admin and wp-includes folders and files on your server before uploading the new ones. Please read the Manual Update directions first.
    Backup: If you haven’t already done, always backup everything (including your database) before doing any actions, just in case something really goes wrong. You can never have enough backups!

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 11 months ago by t-p.

    Thank you for your response.. Everything is updated, I have back-ups of both the database and my site/content. All that is left to try is to click on “Migrate Theme Settings”.. I have never seen this before. One option says:

    “Import settings from the parent theme
    Use this tool to migrate your existing settings from the parent theme to your child theme.

    Note that in doing this, your database will be modified. Any existing settings that have already been configured for the current theme will be overwritten.”

    The Other:

    “Restore previous theme settings

    Use this tool to restore settings that were previously overwritten when importing parent theme settings.

    Note that in doing this, your database will be modified. Any existing settings that have already been configured for the current theme will be overwritten.”

    Thank you for your suggestions and your time.

    Moderator t-p


    I have never seen this before

    I have not seen this before either.

    May be because I always do manual updating of my WP, plugins, and themes.

    Thank you for your time. Just to be clear, the ability to access the “Editor” via “Appearances” to gain access to your functions.php files is still available in 4.7?


    Moderator t-p


    Yes! I have not heard otherwise.

    Why my editor is not showing also permalinks in my dashboard ??

    Edit manually wp-config.php file.
    Find the line
    define('DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT', true);
    (it is probably true by default installation)
    and change in
    define('DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT', false);

    @gianfrancodp This worked!!

    AWSOMETABULOUS! this actually worked for me! kudos

    @gianfrancodp This worked!! Gr8, Thank You So much, spent almost 3-5hrs in resolving issue but finally got your answer perfect.



    Hey @gianfrancodp you rock! This has been kicking my ass for a while now, thanks a million! 🙂

    Moderator t-p


    Please note: Disabling the Plugin and Theme Editor define( 'DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT', true ); provides an additional layer of security if a hacker gains access to a well-privileged user account.

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