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  • edit the sidebar.php (in your theme folder) and remove the meta area

    Login to your admin section and go to Presentation / Theme Editor. Choose sidebar from the list on the right hand side and then do a search (CTRL F) for meta.

    This will provide the code to hack and add/remove/edit entries under Meta.


    If the meta section is removed, how do you log on to your blog? I’ve visited WP blogs that don’t display this section – how do they log in? That’s where the “login” link is. Is there a way to hide this section from site visitors while making it visible for users?

    They might either remember or bookmark wp-login.php which will bring up their login details.

    I tried to do this but there is no option to save my edits. Below the edit box is the following test “If this file were writable you could edit it.

    I am using 2.0.2.


    You need to change the permissions to make those files editable:

    If the meta section is removed, how do you log on to your blog?

    Just remove the parts other than the php section that refers to “login/logout” and the login/logout and site admin links will remain. That’s what I did on my site.

    Thanks asfodel but I read through and tried to change the file permission but nothing seemed to match for me to what was described. I could not get to “Right-click ‘index.php’ and select ‘File Permissions.'”

    I can’t understand why this is not a funtion from a WordPress menu.


    If your host gives you access to cpanel, you can change the file permissions there. Go to wp-content > themes > the theme you’re using, then click on the file you want to be able to edit and click “Change Permission”, then change it to 666. Do this for each file you want to be able to edit.

    If you don’t have cpanel, then open your ftp client, find the file you need to change the permissions on, (same path as above) and right-click on it and click “File attributes”

    Thank you asfodel. That did it. I had someone trying to hack into my blog through comments now I shut them off. Thanks again.

    I have had a very good experience with the Bad Behavior plugin for preventing comment spammers/hackers. You might try that out.

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