WordPress and the Uneditable Theme Templates

April 14th, 2011
WordPress, WordPress Troubleshooting

So, you have a plugin requiring that you make a change to one of your WordPress theme templates, or you just want move something around in your theme or alter your CSS. You’ve arrived at Appearance -> Editor as instructed, but there’s no “Update File” button.

This is unfortunately another one of those common annoyances related to your hosting provider’s server configuration that can take you off guard and lead to plenty of confusion. Fortunately, it’s easy to fix (or work around).

Try changing the permissions of the theme files that you want to edit to 666. If that doesn’t work, just use an FTP or SFTP client and a plain text editor to edit them remotely.

Of course, if neither of those methods are working out for you, please stop by the WordPress Support Forums for further assistance.




  1. Jenny (11 comments.) says:

    I’ve run into that problem before like years ago. I don’t have to now :P It’s so nice.

  2. Aaron says:

    What I hate more are themes with subdirectories and WP’s inability to go down a level or two.

  3. Lucky Games (1 comments.) says:

    Hey guys i have an error in my wordpress Please help me..
    Error is like this…!
    (When a user clicks on a link to a missing page, the web server will send the user an error message such as 404 Not Found.)
    If any ony have solution tell me. Thanks in advance.

  4. Wesi Lashley (1 comments.) says:

    Lucky game i have found a solution for you error Follow the follwing steps..!

    To edit your Theme’s 404 error template file:

    1. Open your WordPress admin panel:
    2. Choose Appearance menu.
    3. Choose the Theme Editor page.
    4. Check to see if your theme includes a ‘404 Template’ in the list of files.
    5. Click the link for ‘404 Template’ along the right side of the page.
    6. Edit the message text to say what you want it to say.
    7. Save your changes. (If the template file is not writable, see Changing File Permissions.)

    While you are examining and editing your 404 template file, take a look at the simple structure of the default 404.php file. It basically features tags that display the header, sidebar, and footer, and also an area for your message:

    Error 404 – Not Found

    Hope you will solve your solution.

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