Skip to main content

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 (before I migrated this blog to my custom domain "").

Simple. But what if I didn't like

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.

>> Top


Farmer Jim 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.
Nitecruzr said…

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.

Popular posts from this blog

What's The URL Of My Blog?

We see the plea for help, periodicallyI need the URL of my blog, so I can give it to my friends. Help!Who's buried in Grant's Tomb, after all?No Chuck, be polite.OK, OK. The title of this blog is "The Real Blogger Status", and the title of this post is "What's The URL Of My Blog?".

Leave Comments Here

Like any blogger, I appreciate polite comments, when they are relevant to the blog, and posted to the relevant article in the right blog. If you want to ask me a question thats relevant to blogging, but you can't find the right post to start with (I haven't written about everything blogger related, yet, nor the way things are going I don't expect to either), ask your questions here, or leave an entry in my guestbook.

As noted above, please note my commenting policy. If you post a comment to this post, I will probably treat it as a "Contact Me" post. If you have an issue that's relevant to any technical issue in the blog, please leave a comment on the specific post, not here. This post is for general comments, and for non posted contact to me.

If the form below does not work for you, check your third party cookies setting!

For actual technical issues, note that peer support in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, or Nitecruzr Dot Net - Blogging is, almos…

What Is "" vs. ""?

With Google Domains registered custom domains becoming more normal, we are seeing one odd attention to detail, expressed as confusion in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger.My website uses "" - am I supposed to use "", instead?It's good to be attentive to detail, particularly with custom domain publishing. This is one detail that may not require immediate attention, however.