Plugins → Editor
Among the many user editable files in a standard WordPress installation are the Plugin files. Though it should be rare that a Plugin code would need to changed, the Plugins Editor SubPanel allows you to edit those Plugin files.
The built-in Plugins Editor allows you to view or change (see next paragraph) any Plugin PHP code in the large text (or edit) box that dominates this SubPanel.
If a particular file is writeable (see Changing File Permissions), changes can be made, and saved. If a file is not writeable, the message You need to make this file writable before you can save your changes. See the Codex for more information. will be displayed. Of course, you will need to change the File Permissions before changes can be saved.
The name of the Plugin file being editted is diplayed at the top of the text box. If the full text of the Plugin file cannot be viewed, a scroll bar to the right of the text box is provided. Since Plugin files are pure text, no images or pictures can be inserted into the text box.
- Plugin Files
Listed to the right of the large text (or edit) box is a list of the Plugin files that can be editted. Click on any of the file links to place the text of that file in the text box.
- Remember to click this button to save the changes you have made to the Plugin file. After clicking this button you should see a splash message at the top of the screen saying File Editted Successfully. If you don't see that message, then your changes are not saved! Note that if a file is not writeable the Update File button will not be available.