How enable ftp to localhost wordpress site?
macportsusers-20171215 at billmail.scconsult.com
Sat Aug 1 02:50:31 UTC 2020
On 31 Jul 2020, at 20:28, Murray Eisenberg wrote:
> I’ve installed the MacPorts version of apache2 and have a working
> localhost wordpress site running under apache2.
> How to I enable ftp with this, so that I can ftp into the wordpress
> site? (This is so I can install WordPress plugins.)
If it's running on 'localhost' then you don't need FTP, you can just
copy the plugins' files to the WordPress tree
(/opt/local/www/apache2/html/ or a subdirectory of that, depending on
how you installed WordPress) directly. You may need to adjust ownership
and/or permissions on that directory or use 'sudo cp' in a Terminal
session to do the copying. WP plugins typically install in their own
subdirectory trees under the 'plugins' subdirectory of the WordPress
> Is there some particular MacPorts port I need to add? and then what do
> I need to do so it’s available from within the wordpress site?
> (WordPress docs don’t deal with this! they just say to use ftp to
> install the plugins.)
Which is unfortunate, because FTP is a mess security-wise. While one CAN
make it reasonably safe, doing so narrows the range of clients that work
with any particular secure setup. If you end up with a WordPress site
running on a remote system where you need a file transfer facility, you
are better off using SFTP, which provides a FTP-like client interface
without the backend that has been evolving organically since the `70s.
SFTP is a subsystem of OpenSSH, so nearly any modern
Unix/Linux/BSD/MacOS server that allows remote login supports SFTP by
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