[wp-hackers] Removing edit theme files features

Scott Wilcox scott at dor.ky
Thu Jan 17 18:58:38 UTC 2013

Surely this thread should be locked ;)

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On 17 Jan 2013, at 18:50, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM, Andy Charrington-Wilden
> <andycharrington at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Yes but most site owners (who may not know about ftp etc) will more than likely be admins wont they?
> Yes... And they should have the ability to edit their sites too.
> On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 10:59 AM, Almog Baku <almog.baku at gmail.com> wrote:
>> By my opinion-
>> Developing should be done by developers.
> A developer is a person who does development.
> Like it or not, what you are saying are "users" are indeed people who
> edit their sites, modify CSS, use PHP code snippets, etc. You can
> criticize the plugin and theme editors all you like, but the bottom
> line is that WordPress is a tool for building websites, and sometimes
> building websites involves getting your hands dirty and editing code
> as well.
> Removing a feature that many people use doesn't make any sense, no
> matter how "professional" you think it is. Instead of removing it, it
> should have syntax highlighting, code checking on save, possibly error
> detection. It should make it easier for people to tinker, play with,
> and learn from.
> You and I can edit our site code via an SSH connection, but a lot of
> people don't have that sort of connection. And a lot of people who use
> WordPress have never heard of FTP and don't know how to use it.
> If somebody installs WordPress for their personal blog, and tinkers
> with their editor, and breaks their site in the process, well, that
> isn't a real big loss if they can continue on to fix it. Failing is
> the primary method human beings use for learning.
> On the other end of the spectrum, if you're using WordPress in a major
> way, doing e-commerce, maybe running a blog with a million hits a day
> or something major like that, then you can easily define
> DISALLOW_FILE_MODS to turn the editors off completely... or just don't
> give Administrator rights to people who don't need them.
> -Otto
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