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Server Changes At GoDaddy, And FTP Publishing Problems

Publishing a Blogger blog by FTP, to a third party server, presents a challenge, may I risk making an understatement. Bloggers choosing to host their blogs externally have traditionally been subject to numerous experiences, not all good. One of the least enjoyed is possibly seeing the advice
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It appears that a recent server change (some time in the last 3 to 6 months) at GoDaddy may be at least partially responsible for some of the FTP Publishing experiences, such as the latter advice.

GoDaddy appears to have 3 server configurations right now.
  1. Linux, "hosting configuration 1.0", PHP 4.x.
  2. Linux, "hosting configuration 2.0", PHP 5.x.
  3. Windows, ASP.Net 1.1, IIS 6.0 .


In at least one case, service moved from Linux configuration 1.0 to configuration 2.0 appears to be related to the symptom discussed above.

According to the Original Poster in the thread linked above, service migrated from Linux V1.0 to Linux V2.0 is not reversible. That's not an unusual restriction for any IT service methodology. Unfortunately, that left him with the sole option of moving to the third configuration, hosting on a Windows platform. People changing from Linux to Windows server hosting (or vice versa) should be aware of some significant technical differences between the two platforms, such as (but probably not only) differences in case sensitivity and in path description.

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