I'm noticing that the editor is not visible from past few weeks. It's working fine on my other WordPress sites but in one site it's not visible. I tried changing theme and deactivating plugins but that didn't work.

Also my wp-config.php file doesn't have define('DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT', true);.

  • Did you have any active plugin before that changed user roles/capabilities? Such changes are usually permanent.
    – swissspidy
    Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 16:59
  • Is it checked in the the dropdown on top of the page?
    – eteich
    Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 22:08
  • @swissspidy: Maybe. I'll check. Commented Jan 30, 2014 at 7:51
  • @eteich: Where? Can you share screenshot to show where is it? Commented Jan 30, 2014 at 7:51
  • There's a tab at the top right of the screen that says screen options.
    – eteich
    Commented Jan 30, 2014 at 14:52

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I had a similar problem (albeit 3 years later) and after some research I had a process for potentially identifying the source of the problem and subsequently found that my issue was hidden in a plugin (iThemes Security in may case).

The missing Appearance > Editor in Wordpress could be due to a number of potential causes. A process to identify the source of the problem is as follows:

  1. Systematically switch off plugins and check if the editor returns (use ctrl F5 to refresh each time between checks)
  2. If the problem is not found in the Plugins, swich all plugins back on, then temporarily switch the theme to a default Wordpress theme (usually Twenty Sixteen as this is the fall-back Wordpress theme) refresh and check.
  3. If editor is still not visible switch back to the original theme, then go to Dashboard > Updates and reinstall your Wordpress version and check again.

It is likely that the problem would have identified itself or resolved during these checks and updates.

In my case, having identified the problem area as iThemes Security, I did a further search and found that there is an easy configuration fix in iThemes Security

Dashboard -> Security -> WordPress Tweaks -> Configure Settings

Uncheck: Disable File Editor

  • Thanks David, Dashboard -> Security -> WordPress Tweaks -> Configure Settings saves me! Commented Feb 11, 2021 at 10:23

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