[wp-hackers] Removing edit theme files features

Andy Charrington-Wilden andycharrington at gmail.com
Wed Jan 16 12:57:58 UTC 2013

I agree. The whole point is to make it accessible to users who dont know or want to use ftp.

How about introducing a system whereby the edited file is temporarily copied (with the changes) then run through php_check_syntax(), then providing a positive result, the changes are duplicated to the live copy and the temp file deleted?

I would happily write a plugin to do this if anyone is interested? I might do it anyway, as a POC.


Andy Charrington-Wilden
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On 16 Jan 2013, at 12:54, Steve Taylor <steve at sltaylor.co.uk> wrote:

>> How about disabling it by default and then enabling through a constant set
>> in wp-config.php? Then most users won't have access to the editor, but
>> people who need it can enable it through FTP + text editor.
> This wouldn't really work. If the editor is aimed at people who don't
> know or care how to FTP, it doesn't make sense to require an FTP
> operation to enable it! :-/
> That said, I agree that there's an issue with the risk of 500 errors.
> I've disabled it by default in all my installations since I
> accidentally took a client site down one weekend. I didn't have FTP
> access to their production server, and there was one tiny tweak I
> wanted to make while their tech support wasn't around to get the files
> transferred from staging :-D
> Plugins seem to refuse to activate when they throw an error. Not sure
> if this happens with the plugin editor - but some kind of sandboxing
> would be the #1 improvement to make on WP file editing.
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