How to Change WordPress User Passwords via FTP
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.
How to Use FTP to Deactivate a Plugin That’s Breaking Your WordPress Site
WordPress plugins can cause all kinds of errors: 500 internal server errors, PHP parse errors (also called syntax errors), errors that simply whitescreen your entire site, and more.
SSH Access Using PuTTy: A Guide from SiteGround
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.
WP File Manager Plugin: In-a-Pinch Substitute for FTP Credentials
We live in an imperfect world: we park on driveways and drive on parkways, buy hotdogs in sixes and buns in eights, and sometimes we don’t have the client’s FTP credentials.
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.
Commonsense WordPress Site Migration
WordPress site migrations are not easy. In fact, without additional tools, “migrate a site to another URL” is probably one of the most technical jobs that a WordPress site administrator might commonly perform.
Better alternatives to “Discourage search engines” in WordPress
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.