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Updating WordPress and Plugins over SFTP

April 22nd, 2014 - Posted by Steve Marks to Software, Web Development.
A quick guide on how to update WordPress core and plugins over an SFTP connection using the addition of a plugin....

PHP’s ftp_nlist() Returning False, Even When Files Definitely Exist

July 17th, 2013 - Posted by Steve Marks to PHP, Web Development.
PHP comes with a whole host of FTP functions built-in that makes performing FTP operations quick and easy. One of the things you can do is to use the ftp_nlist() function to get the contents of an entire directory. This is exactly what I was doing today and went something along the lines o...
Create Wordpress Theme File

Adding a New File or Template to a WordPress Theme Without FTP Access

March 8th, 2013 - Posted by Steve Marks to PHP, Web Development.
The WordPress platform contains a feature allowing direct editing of theme and plugin files through the backend when logged in. Before today I had never used this functionality due to always having had access to the actual files, for example, via FTP. Today was different however and I foun...
Fix Uploaded Corrupt Zip File

Fix Zip Corrupting After Uploading It Via FTP

February 21st, 2013 - Posted by Steve Marks to Miscellaneous, PHP, Software, Web Development.
I came across a problem recently when uploading a Zip file via FTP. The Zip file would open fine before sending, however trying to open and extract it on the remote server resulted in an error. Inparticular, when opening the file with WinZip the error was as follows: Error: central directo...
FileZilla XML not well formed

FileZilla Error When Loading – “The XML document is not well-formed”

January 18th, 2013 - Posted by Steve Marks to Software, Web Development.
Recently I started getting the following error when loading up the FileZilla FTP client: The software would still load but, as the error message states, loaded with the default settings. The problem is mentioned in the error dialog that pops up. In this case it was the file at ‘C:\Us...

The Problems With UK Property Portal Feeds, And How They Can Grow Up

January 18th, 2013 - Posted by Steve Marks to Miscellaneous, Web Development.
Update – 10th April 2014 It’s been over a year since I wrote this post and now it seems that, at last, we are seeing the beginnings of a move to real-time updates. Rightmove have recently introduced the ability to send property data in realtime. As far as we’re aware, the...

PHP Function to Connect via FTP with Retry Capability

February 21st, 2012 - Posted by Steve Marks to PHP, Web Development.
Let’s face it… If something can go wrong, it will go wrong. This is no exception for FTP connections either. Maybe the remote server is not accessible, the network is down, or the connection times out. PHP comes with a set of useful functions to deal with common FTP operations....

IIS Able To Connect Via FTP But Can’t Upload Files

February 20th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Marks to Server Management, Web Development.
Over the past couple of days I’ve been setting up a new box running Windows Server 2008 r2. One of the main requirements for it was that it should be able to accept file uploads via FTP. This wasn’t too much of a problem and seemed to be relatively easy… Install the IIS r...

Looping Through an FTP Directory Using PHP

July 13th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Marks to PHP, Web Development.
If you’re a website developer you’ll probably have countless hours of experience using FTP, from putting sites live, renaming files, deleting files and more. This is made easy through using an FTP client installed on your machine. The process can also be just as simple by using...

Five Tips to Help Put a Website Live Successfully and On Time

February 11th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Marks to Web Development.
As a web developer it’s a great feeling to set a site live and to see all of your hard work pay off as people begin to use it. During my time in the industry I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with a few hundred site “go-lives” which thankfully, touch wood, on th...