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  • Resolved Koesterandersen

    (@koesterandersen)


    I have sometimes experienced that making a minor error in the functions.php file is causing the whole site and administration to break down leaving me unable to enter nor the site neither the administration.

    Would it be possible for the WP developer team to develop some kind of a script, that is checking out the code syntax in the functions.php file in order to prevent the user from saving the file if it contents any error.

    I think it could be of a big help for many users, especially if a user has taken a copy of the file before making any changes in it. Preventing the user from saving the file gives the user a possibility to paste in the copy in order to keep the site functional.

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  • Moderator Andrew Nevins

    (@anevins)

    Sounds like you’re looking for a plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/better-file-editor/

    Generally it is bad practice to edit files straight on the server, especially without an IDE.

    Moderator Steve Stern

    (@sterndata)

    WordPresser, Third Class

    Generally it is bad practice to edit files straight on the server, especially without an IDE.

    May I add this:

    NEVER NEVER NEVER (never!) edit PHP via functions.php. As you’ve found, one slip and your site is dead. Use FTP to download the file. Save a copy. Make your edits. Upload. If it works, great! If not, upload the saved copy to get your site working again and repeat the process.

    Thank you for the answers. I will remember this.

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