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I manage a WP-based site with a custom theme built by a developer to whom I no longer have access. I am currently backing up the WP files via FTP and am curious about the presence of .git files in our theme folder. There are hundreds of sub-folders containing dozens of files each. Can anyone advise me if it is necessary to maintain that .git folder or is that purely a development tool?

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    The .git folder contains the information that git uses to keep a record of changes to the project. If you're never going to want a record of changes, you can delete the subfolder; conversely, if you ever want access to that record, you'll want to keep the subfolder.
    – Pat J
    Commented Feb 19, 2021 at 17:19
  • Thank you, Pat! Commented Feb 19, 2021 at 18:15
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    If you have git installed, you can run “git repack -adk” and it’ll pack up most of the subfolders into a single pack file.
    – Rup
    Commented Feb 19, 2021 at 20:47
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    That said, whether the .git folder should be there or not though, if you’re going to do any amount of development you should learn and use git - version control is really useful.
    – Rup
    Commented Feb 19, 2021 at 20:49
  • I don't like leaving .git folders and files on live sites, so I delete them after I've uploaded custom themes or plugins, but leave them in place on my local copies. Then if I ever make simple changes to the files that are already on the server, I just download the contents of the main plugin folder to my local version (replacing anything that's there) and then I push my changes to github. Commented Feb 20, 2021 at 4:08

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