Every once in a while you have a client that locks down their servers to ridiculous levels. We always have a couple of those as we’re working and perhaps your IT staff does the same. It’s frustrating… technology should be there to enable you, not disable you. Not being able to edit something as basic as a theme file can be quite frustrating. Tonight I had such a task… and the frustration with it.
As an alternative to connecting through FTP or SFTP, I did some searching for a file manager within a plugin in WordPress. I tested about a dozen plugins and happened across WPide… wow. It’s absolutely dead simple… a folder tree to the right and an editor to the left. This is what WordPress’s internal editor should look like! The Editor has line numbering and colored code to make things extremely easy.
Some of you might be on the side of security and think what I’m doing is nuts… providing a plugin that accesses all the files within WordPress to any Administrator? Well… an Administrator can click delete on a theme just as easily as they can click edit on this editor… or the default editor. The problem with the default editor is that it doesn’t have a file tree to click through to get to your files, though.