Updating WordPress and Plugins over SFTP

April 22nd, 2014 - Posted by Steve Marks to Software, Web Development.

Most of the time when working on WordPress sites, be it uploading them for the first time, making changes, or upgrading the core and/or plugins, this would all be done via a standard FTP connection.

On a recent WordPress site we built however, the sites files were accessed via SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) whereby files are transferred using a SSH secure data stream. If you’re familiar with upgrading WordPress and it’s plugins you’ll know that WordPress often asks for FTP details:

WordPress asking for FTP details
Connecting over standard FTP or FTPS wasn’t working so I needed to dig a little deeper and see how we could connect over SFTP.

Note: I know it’s possible to amend the file/folder Apache group and owner so that no FTP details are requested. We didn’t have access to change this however in this scenario.

The Solution

Fortunately, a plugin has been built to assist people in this very scenario:

SSH SFTP Updater Support

With this plugin downloaded and activated, you then get a new option when it comes to upgrading WordPress that allows you to choose ‘SSH2’ as the connection type. Once this was selected and the SFTP details were entered, I was then able to update the core and plugins with no problems.

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