Your Backup Folder Might be Visible to the Public

One of the WordPress plugins I use and really like is WP-DBManager.

For some reason, though, when you activate it for the first time you will see a red warning across the top of all your WordPress admin screens that tells you your backup folder might be visible to the public.

This can be a bit worrying, but the fix is pretty easy.

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How to fix ‘your backup folder might be visible to the public’

So here are the steps to get rid of that warning:

Step 1:

Using either your hosting provider’s file manager or your FTP client, navigate to your wp-content/plugins/wp-dbmanager folder and look for a file named htaccess.txt.

Important: some hosting provider file managers may hide this file, so if you’re not able to see it using your file manager you’ll need to use your FTP client instead.

Step 2:

Move the file from its current location to the wp-content/backup-db folder. This is a new folder added to the wp-content folder when you activate the plugin.

Step 3:

When the file is in the wp-content/backup-db folder you will need to rename it from htaccess.txt to .htaccess (dot htaccess)

Be sure to save the changes (if necessary) and that’s it – you’re all done.


Martin Malden

Martin Malden
Owner – WealthyDragon

Website owner: Martin has been working online since 2006 and focuses on two areas: 1) affiliate marketing and 2) designing and building websites based on WordPress. He has his own WordPress agency, and serves clients in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK.