Is it possible to force wordpress to always request for FTP credentials when installing and updating plugins / themes? I know the ftp credentials input is bypassed if wordpress has enough unix user access, but i want wordpress to ask nevertheless. Is this possible? How?

  • I don't give this as an answer because it might cause some issue with cache plugins but in your case you could just change /wp-content/ rights. It the server does not have write permissions it will ask for credentials
    – JMau
    Jul 30, 2013 at 21:09
  • remove write access to /wp-content/? It will break media uploads too, won't it? And some other plugins/themes need write access to certain files for dynamic .css for example Jul 30, 2013 at 21:12
  • My goal is just to make sure a user has FTP credentials first before uploading anything on the wp admin.. (I would have disabled theme editor already, so the only thing left is the wp theme/plugin install) Jul 30, 2013 at 21:15
  • I wouldn't edit my theme via wp-admin anyway so I really don't need it.. Jul 30, 2013 at 21:16
  • no there's maybe /upgrade/ too, be careful with this technique anyway or wait for an answer
    – JMau
    Jul 30, 2013 at 21:17

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I just tried this on a local install that previously used the 'direct' FS_METHOD.

In wp-config.php, set the following constants:

define('FS_METHOD', 'ftpext');

Not sure if this actually affects things, but I also set these to try to force the input fields to be empty when the form is presented:

define('FTP_USER', false);
define('FTP_PASS', false);

Source: http://codex.wordpress.org/Editing_wp-config.php#WordPress_Upgrade_Constants

  • Hi, it's working alright, but why do you need to specifically put define('FTP_USER', false); and define('FTP_PASS', false);? I tested just adding define('FS_METHOD', 'ftpext'); and it works already.. But since i've got the idea from you.. you get the credits. thanks! Jul 30, 2013 at 21:25
  • Now I wonder why people don't use this for security purposes.. o.O? Jul 30, 2013 at 21:38
  • I think if you just don't add them it'll still work. I added them to try to explicitly force the fields to be empty when the form is presented to the user. Jul 30, 2013 at 21:59
  • maybe you can edit it to specify that it is optional? well. thanks a lot. Jul 30, 2013 at 22:08

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