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Warning: Making changes to active plugins Is not recommended. If your changes cause a fatal error, the plugin will be automatically deactivated.

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How to do it

1. Once you have selected the plugin to edit, make the desired changes.

2. Finally, click on the Update File button when you are done. The file will be saved.

How it works

The built-in Plugin Editor works in exactly the same way as the theme editor. When a file is modified and saved, the modifications are written directly in the source file—there's no copy or backup.

Similar to the Theme Editor, even the Plugin Editor is a very useful tool. However, it also can raise problems in the case of a mistake in the code.

► Unless you're very sure about what you're doing, always deactivate the plugin before editing it.

► Always have a backup of the plugin you're editing, as the Plugin Editor does not save any revisions.

► If—after editing a plugin—your blog is messed up, deactivate the plugin, and upload your plugin files backup to your wp-content/plugins/yourplugin directory.

Managing authors and users with the User Manager

Among other built-in tools, WordPress features the User Manager, which is useful for multi-author blogs or blogs with open registration. If you have a personal blog, you'll not need the User Manager, except in rare instances; for example, to change your password or email ID.

Getting ready

To access the User Manager, log in to your WordPress Dashboard, and then click on the Users option on the WordPress menu.

How to do it

WordPress User Manager allows you to edit or delete user or author accounts. Let's learn how to do it, in detail.

Deleting users

1. Deleting users is an easy process. To do so, simply find the user you'd like to delete (a mini search engine is included on the top right of the page) and place the mouse cursor over his or her name. The Edit and Delete button will appear.

2. Once you click on the Delete button, you'll have to choose between deleting the user and all the content which he has provided (posts, comments, and so on) or deleting the user but transferring the content to another author.

3. It is also possible to bulk delete users, simply check the checkbox related to the users you'd like to delete.

4. Once done, click on the Bulk Actions drop-down and select the Delete option. Finally, click on the Apply button.

Editing user details

1. Of course, it is also possible to edit the user details. All users can edit their own information, while the administrators can edit the details of any user.

2. To edit user details, find his or her name in the list and hover the mouse point over it. The Edit and Delete buttons will be displayed.

3. Click on the Edit button.

4. On the next page, you can edit the following information about the user:

□ Enable/Disable Visual Editor

□ Admin color scheme

□ Enable/Disable keyboard shortcuts

□ First name, Last name, and Nickname

□ How the user name should be publicly displayed

5. Simply fill out the required fields, scroll the page down, and click on the Update User button to save your modifications.

How it works

The User Manager doesn't use any advanced process. It simply gets your changes and saves it on WordPress database.

User management will be discussed, in detail, in Chapter 6.

Importing and exporting content with the Import and Export tool

WordPress features a very useful script to import your posts, comments, and links from another platform to WordPress. Of course, it is possible to export your current blog content.

Getting ready

To access the Import tool, log in to your WordPress Dashboard and click on Tools | Import located at the top of the screen. To access the Export tool, go to Tools | Export.

How to do it

Let's see in detail how to use both the Import and Export tools.

Importing content

WordPress is able to import your previous blog content and automatically create post with it, as shown in the upcoming screenshot. WordPress can import content from Dotclear, TypePad/ Movable Type, LiveJournal, Greymatter, Textpattern, Blogware, and Blogger.

It is also possible to import tags from tagging plugins, such as Jerome's keywords, Simple Tagging, or Ultimate Tag Warrior.

To import your content from another blogging platform, you have to follow a platform specific procedure.

Importing content from an export file

The blogging clients, namely, LiveJournal, MovableType/Typepad, Blogware, and WordPress allow you to export your content into an XML, OPML, or TXT file. Follow this procedure to import your content from one of these blogging platforms:

1. Connect to your old blog and export your content. Save the file on your hard drive.

2. Log in to your WordPress Dashboard, then go to Tools | Import.

3. Select the blogging platform from where you're importing the content.

4. On the next page, click on the Browse button to select the exported file located in your hard drive.

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