[wp-hackers] Removing edit theme files features

Andy Charrington-Wilden andycharrington at gmail.com
Wed Jan 16 08:24:24 UTC 2013

> Most users don't know about text editors, or FTP

So what do they so when they cause a 500 by messing with the themes function file?

Not trying to be pedantic but I've had to fix many sites where the inexperienced user has caused a 500 from messing with the files in the editor. 

I don't think it should be taken out but perhaps a layer of protection from that sort of thing could be introduced?

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On 16 Jan,2013, at 8:01 AM, Andrew Nacin <wp at andrewnacin.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 2:50 AM, Almog Baku <almog.baku at gmail.com> wrote:
>> @Nachin, you right. but this act will fore them to use a little bit
>> professional tool(even like notepad++), so we'll can push wordpress to
>> place less amateur.
> Most users don't know about text editors, or FTP. And nor should they,
> unless they want to. Those that know enough to edit wp-config.php when
> asked probably have no idea how to make such changes as part of an
> effective workflow. Rather, they download the file, edit it, re-upload the
> file — if they didn't use the editor built into their web host's crummy
> file browser.
> It should be okay for users to hack around and hit save. I don't see why
> the tool can't be a more "professional tool," as you say. We're not going
> to remove a feature in order to to make WordPress less appealing to our
> broad user base. WordPress is for amateurs. It's for photographers. It's
> for bloggers. It's for writers, poets, journalists. It's for cat pictures,
> diary entries, and musings. Yes, it's also for Fortune 500 companies and
> world-class developers. But those aren't the people we target with the
> theme editor. For the people we do, it's not going anywhere.
> Nacin
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