Configuring WordPress For Advanced Users


WordPress is by far the most popular and user friendly CMS on the planet and and used by roughly 70% of our clients. WordPress is included in all of our hosting plans and easily installed using Fantastico which you can find by accessing your cPanel. For some of our more advanced users, you will find that there are certain settings that are not automatically enabled by Fantasico but can easily be changed as needed. We’ve povided solutions to the 3 most common WordPress requests our clients ask for below. You can find additional answers to common issues on the WordPress Support Forum or by Googling your specific issue.

Remember, Google is your friend!



Changing File Permissions


By default, Fantastico does enable most WordPress files to be writeable for security reasons. For most users this will not pose an issue but for advanced users wishing to use the built in editor in WordPress to edit files such as style.css, functions.php, etc. you will need to make these files writeable in cPanel in order to edit them direclty in WordPress.


To set style.css or functions.php to be writeable so you can edit them directly in WordPress, login into Cpanel > go to File Manager > navigate to the themes folder you are using, select the file you wish to make writeable and choose Change Permissions at the top, set the file’s permissions to 666 and Change Permissions. (Yes, we know what 666 sounds like but we didn’t come up with this stuff.) You can do this with any other file as well provided you know its location. They’re usually pretty easy to find in cPanel’s File Manager.

Setting WordPress To Remember Your Username & Password


Many users want WordPress to remember their FTP usernamd and password in order to avoid having to put them in each time they want to add/update a plugin or upgrade their theme. This is easily accomplished using cPanel’s File Manager.


Simply login into Cpanel > go to File Manager > select the wp-config.php (normally on the root of the site or folder where you have WP running) choose Edit at the top of the File Manager screen and then put the following lines at the bottom of the file (obviously filling in with the correct info) and then click Save Changes:


define(‘FTP_USER’, ‘username’);
define(‘FTP_PASS’, ‘password’);
define(‘FTP_HOST’, ‘ftp.example.com:21’);



If you plan on using WordPress’s permalink feature, you will need to update the .httacess file on your hosting account which can be done one of two ways:


Option 1: Let WordPress update your httaccess file for you. Login into Cpanel > go to File Manager > select the .httacess file > Click the Change Permssions button at the top of the screen. Set the file to be writeable by using permissions 666 and then click Change Permissions. (Yes, we know what 666 sounds like but we didn’t come up with this stuff.) Once you have made the file writeable you can go back into your WordPress admin panel and enable permalinks. We strongly recommend you make the file unwriteable once WP has modified the httaccess file with the rewrite rules by setting it back to 644. Leaving your .httacess file writeable is an open invitation to hackers.


Option 2:  Add the permalink rewrite rules to your .httacess file yourself. Login to cPanel > File Manager, select the .httacess file and choose Edit. You’ll need to add the following to the .httacess file under whatever data is already there and then click Save Changes:


<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

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