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Beginner Series Part 6 – How to Properly Use the WordPress Plugin and Theme Code Editors

  1. Where do you use the WordPress plugin and theme code editor? 00:46
    • It is located in your dashboard under Appearance > Editor
  2. Never do this on live sites! 01:14
    • Making updates on a live site is called “Cowboy Coding”. You don’t want to do this.
    • Just because WordPress has the option to edit this code, doesn’t mean you should use it!
    • WordPress has made it harder to this is on your site, but it still can be done. We just don’t recommend it. You could easily break your website.
  3. Make a back up of files and use FTP 02:22
    • A better way to make updates is to back up your files and make updates using FTP.
    • You can learn more about FTP in episode 124.
    • Keep the original file, original. Update the file, save it as a different name and upload that version. That way you have the original version as a back up.
    • We highly recommend using child themes. You can learn more about this in episode 295.
  4. WP File Manager plugin 03:07
    • This is an alternative to using FTP.
    • You can easily manage your files and make changes.

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