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How to Edit WordPress Files with FileZilla

You will run into situations where you need to edit certain WordPress files that live on your web server. You can download a WordPress file from your web server, open it, edit it, save it, and then upload it back to your web server. Or, you can use the built-in edit feature that exists in most File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client software, like FileZilla.

When you edit WordPress files using the FTP edit feature, you edit files in a live environment, meaning that when you save the changes and re-upload the file, the changes take effect immediately and affect your live web site. For this reason, it is recommended to download a copy of the original WordPress file to your local computer before making changes. That way if you happen to make a typo on the saved file and your web site goes haywire, you have a copy of the original to re-upload quickly to restore it to its original state.

1

Connect your FTP client to your Web server and then locate the file you want to edit.

2

In the internal FTP editor, right-click the file and choose View/Edit.

FileZilla uses a text-editing program that’s already on your computer.

3

Edit the file to your liking, click the Save icon or choose File→Save to save the changes you made to the file, and re-upload the file to your Web server.

After you save the file, a window opens in FileZilla that alerts you that the file’s been changed and asks whether you wish to upload the file back to the server.

4

Click the Yes button.

The newly edited file replaces the old one.

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