Thursday, June 21, 2007

Setting Up An FTP Published Blog

Blogger One Button Publishing is simple - you've been through the drill, I'd bet. Just choose a unique blog name, give it a title, pick a template, and you're ready to start publishing. That's because you let Blogger make a few choices for you.

The name of this blog is bloggerstatusforreal (that's the unique part). The URL, derived from the name, was http://bloggerstatusforreal.blogspot.com/ (before I migrated this blog to my custom domain "blogging.nitecruzr.net").

Simple. But what if I didn't like http://bloggerstatusforreal.blogspot.com/?

Before Blogger developed Custom Domains, which for all its shininess, is just becoming a mature and usable product, there was one other choice: FTP Publishing. You could maintain the blog in the Blogger database, and publish it to an external domain, hosted on an external server, of your choice.

Like most things that are "your choice", this also means "more work for you". Plus, two possibly unpleasant details.
  1. Resolve the two issues above, if necessary.
  2. Go to Settings - Publishing, and select Switch to: FTP (for normal security), or SFTP (for extra security).
  3. Add FTP relevant details.


On the Settings - Publishing tab ...

  • What's the URL of the FTP server, that will host your domain?
  • What's the URL of your blog, as published?
  • What's the path, within the FTP server, where your blog will be located?




  • What's the name of the file that will contain the home page of the blog?
  • What's the name of the file that will contain the feed of the blog?
  • What is the username and the password, on the FTP server, that the Blogger server will have to provide, when copying the files? Note that the password value, in addition to being masked with "*", will likely be displayed with length masked, too.
  • Should Blogger ping the various blog update notification services when publishing updates?



On the Settings - Archiving tab ...

  • What's the path for the Archives files?



On the Settings - Site Feed tab ...

  • What's the path for the Feeds files?




You'll find some instruction on how to fill out these settings, in What is the FTP path?, and the detailed Blogger instructions How do I setup an FTP (or sFTP) connection to my external web host?

Besides all of these choices, which surely are making your head swim, you have details to consider, which is not discussed in the above article, and which may be related to server operating system and / or server setup and maintenance policy. When you setup the FTP server (or have it setup for you), you need to know how the server handles lower and upper case characters - whether the server observes, or preserves, case. You'll also need to understand conventions for describing FTP publishing paths. These questions may be key to your ability (or lack of same) to successfully publish to your blog, by FTP.

Knowing the above, don't be surprised to occasionally see problems with publishing by FTP to external web servers.

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3 comments:

J. J. said...

Thank you very much. The old option to do this from the get-go was missing and help content was not helping.

Sally T said...

When I view the Publishing page of my settings I only get the option to publish to a Custom Domain not FTP even though I am using a classic Template.

Chuck said...

Sally,

Is the blog public? Did you ask for help in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, or in Nitecruzr Dot Net - Blogging? That's where you get peer support.