How to Edit the wp-config.php File on InMotion Hosting

There is one configuration file for WordPress that is located in the wp-content directory, and it’s name is wp-config.php. This is the main configuration file for WordPress and you’ll usually find this file on the server after you install WordPress. You’ll need to edit it to fit your specific needs. This article will give you some excellent tips on how to do this effectively and efficiently so you can focus on creating better content.

How to Edit the wp-config File

The wp-config.php file is a very versatile configuration file and you’ll find many different ways to edit it to fit your needs. You’ll most likely find this file on the server in the following location:

Windows: C:\wamp\www\wp-content\wp-config.php

Linux: /var/www/wp-content/wp-config.php

Depending on your OS, you’ll need to check the permissions for this file before you start editing it. You should also learn how to use a text editor on your computer so you can make the changes efficiently. There are tons of different text editors for different operating systems, and it’s a good idea to download a couple to see which one works the best for you.

Things to Include in the wp-config File

The wp-config file is a really long configuration file, and it can be a little confusing to figure out where to start editing it. The file contains many different items that you might not necessarily need to include, but doing so will certainly make your WordPress installation work better. Here are some of the items you might want to include:

  • Database Server Address: This is the IP address or domain name of the SQL server where your WordPress database is stored. You’ll need to enter this information if you’re not running your own database.
  • Database Name (Optional): This is the name of your WordPress database. If you don’t have your own database, the default database for WordPress is called “wp_default” and it stores all of the essential WordPress data such as posts and comments. You can also find this database in the wp-content directory on the server.
  • Database User Name (Optional): This is the user name that will login to the SQL server to access your WordPress database. If you’re not running your own database, by default, WordPress uses the username “admin” to login to the database.
  • Database Password (Optional): This is the password for the user with the username “admin”. If you’re not running your own database, the password for the “admin” user is “secret”.
  • Uploads Folder Permissions (Optional): This allows you to specify the ownership of the uploads folder for WordPress. By default, the uploads folder is owned by the user with the username “admin” and this is what makes it possible to store files in here. If you want to change this, you can give other users (e.g., yourself) the ability to upload files to this directory by including this line of code in your wp-config file:

  • Blog Description (Optional): This is the description of your blog that will show up under the Blogs menu in WordPress. You can leave this line empty.
  • Other items that you might want to include are the email addresses for the people who are going to receive notifications about new posts on your blog. You can configure these emails in the Settings menu in WordPress (under General Settings).