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  • Resolved shari2285


    Hi there,

    I am really new to blogs, I set one up through my hosting company and all was well until I was using a video tutorial and was setting Permalinks. I was instructed to create a .htaccess file and I think something went wrong. My blog links were not working so I was advised to just set it back to the default and everything worked as normal again. But since then I have been trying for the past 4 days to troublshoot editing. I cant seem to edit anything at all. I was mainly wanting to place some code in the bottom of the sidebar so I can submit my blog to some directories that require I place code on my blog. No matter what I do with the permissions, I cannot get the function to work. I would also like the change the look of the basic site slightly but mainly the code in the sidebar

    I have tried many settings after advice from several forums plus been through the settings in the wordpress help/toubleshooting etc pages.
    I have changed many files and folders to try and edit but none are working for me. I still have on the page
    “If this file were writable you could edit it.” and there is still no button to update the page even if I could edit.

    Can someone please help me as I have tried everything and now I surely have many settings wrong as I have tried so many things and I am too new to this to know exactly what each setting should be to put them back which is most frustrating now.
    I have been changing the settings through my hosts C panel in case you need to know that.

    I dont know if the original problem with the .htaccess file is what has caused this, as I made another file but didnt need too and now its hidden, maybe something is wrong in that? I have no clue and have tried everything I can think of and all suggestions given.

    Kind Regards


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  • File permissions can be challenging…

    First take a look at this Codex article:

    Then you might consider setting the permissions on the wp-content folder to 777 and the wp-content/themes folder to 777. You might need to make the folder wp-content/themes/your_theme 777 (writeable). And finally, you might need to make the file you want to edit, for example wp-content/themes/your_theme/sidebar.php writeable with 777. After you are done editting, you may want to reset the permission back to their original settings for security purposes–this Code Article discusses that topic:

    Thank you Michael !!!! I now have an update File button on the page which I have never had before so I guess that corrects it. I did have to change all of what you suggested and now will go and follow the article you suggested to correct the other settings because I think I have made a bit of a mess of some of the file permissions in my 4 day effort to try and work this out. I kept getting information to try from some other forum willing helpers but this has done the trick and should have asked here first I guess.

    Thank you again so much, I really appreciate it, I have wasted so much time on this !!

    Kindest Regards

    Thanks for the feedback Shari. Please consider making this topic resolved.

    Thankyou Michael, I didn’t know I needed to do that or what the process was………

    Taken care of now

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