Enable Theme Editor in WPMU

Anyone who’s used WordPressMu for a while has probably noticed that the standard WordPress theme editor (and the plug-in editor, for that matter) isn’t available in the administration area. There are some very valid security reasons for disabling the theme and plug-in editors by default, but, for those of us who keep pretty tight reigns on the admin area, the disadvantages of not being able to edit themes from within WordPress outweigh the security advantages of having the editor disabled.

For those people, there is a plug-in available that re-enables both editors. Simply download the plug-in, unzip it and upload the “enable-theme-and-plugin-editor.php” file to your mu-plugins directory. Once you’ve done that, the theme editor and plug-in editor will both be available from the admin menu again.

Back Up A Large MySQL Database

Anyone that’s dealt with a Web application using a MySQL backend has probably dealt with incomplete backups. Those of you that use phpBB have almost certainly encountered this issue. Unfortunately, within phpBB and quite a few other PHP/MySQL-based applications, the backup scripts fail miserably with any reasonably large amount of data. Most of them fail because of either PHP time outs or file size limits. This article will show you two different ways to successfully back up that data. At least one of these two methods should be available in almost every remote hosting package that uses MySQL and PHP.