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Blogger Does Not Have An FTP Server

One sign of confusion, seen occasionally in Blogger Help Forum: How Do I?, involves the use of FTP - and options for updating our blogs.
How do I publish my posts using an FTP desktop program?
and
How do I upload a custom home page (sitemap, .htaccess, etc)?
People who are used to publishing a website see these options as a normal feature in any website maintenance process.

Blogger, however, is a blogging platform - and provides none of these options.

Until several years ago, Blogger used FTP as a publishing process - for externally hosted blogs. Having developed Custom Domain Publishing as a feature to replace FTP Publishing, Blogger later discontinued FTP Publishing.

Blogger does not provide for custom files, such as an uploadable home page, sitemap, or .htaccess file. The Blogger infrastructure makes those features irrelevant. Nor does Blogger provide an FTP server for uploading custom files - or even posts, for publication.

Blogger provides us the Posts Editor (for editing and publishing posts), the Template Editor (for choosing and editing the template), and a host of miscellaneous dashboard utilities (for making various settings changes). And, we have Google Webmaster Tools, for publishing a sitemap and other search engine related adjustments.

Everything that we need, we can find from our dashboard, at http://www.blogger.com - or from using recognised third party desktop programs like Windows Live Writer.

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