Tag: FTP

How to Change WordPress User Passwords via FTP

carl sagan mind blown

A member from the WPShout Facebook Group blew my mind last week with this set of instructions for either resetting WordPress user passwords or adding new users using only an FTP connection. This was in response to our Quick Guide that describes how to do the same thing inside phpMyAdmin, which requires cPanel (or similar) access. For many situations, I believe this FTP route is quite a bit simpler and requires requesting less complete access from your clients.




Deactivate a WordPress Plugin via FTP

The conventional method of turning off and on plugins in WordPress works 99.9% of the time. But sometimes, when you’re doing development work in a fast way (possibly “cowboy coding” in a sloppy way… :p), you’ll need to make plugin stop being loaded by WordPress in a different way. For that very small percentage case, it’s useful to know how to disable a plugin when you aren’t able to login to the admin area of a WordPress site. That’s where the (S)FTP hack we’ll cover today comes in.



White Screen of Death? Turn on WP_DEBUG

WordPress people will often talk about the “white screen of death” or WSOD. They’re referring to when a WordPress site just stops making web pages and instead offers only a giant white field. This is intimidating for anyone, but especially new developers who’ve never seen it before. Generally the issue will be caused by a plugin or theme that has gone wrong. But knowing which and why is not clear.



Better alternatives to “Discourage search engines” in WordPress

search engine discouraged

This post picks up where a recent post left off: Arguing that WordPress’s “Discourage search engines” feature is best left unused because of the dire SEO consequences if you forget to disable it once a site is live. Here, we explore specific alternatives to “Discourage search engines” that don’t carry its risks.