Automatic FTP Updating

I find myself dragging and dropping files all the time from the explorer window to the FTP program. My choice of FTP program is FireZilla, which works wonderfully. I wanted to know (which I am sure there are), any ways of synchronizing file edits with the FTP files without the need of drag and drop. In the days of Macromedia Dreamweaver and Dreamweaver templates I was doing this inside the program. I now use Netbeans and I tend to work on live environment, so I don’t set anything up locally, maybe I should do this instead of continuously dragging and dropping onto the LIVE environment.

I would be interested to know what others do.

The way I do this is to create a bookmark within Filezilla (from within the Site Manager). That way, when you click on a bookmark, it automatically connects to the site and moves to the corresponding folder. As you move around the folders on your local site, the folders on the remote site move in sync.

Next, click on the Last Modified column, on both sides (local and remote), so that you see the most recently modified files at the top.

You still have to drag the files across from local to remote, but since the updated files are all together at the top of the list, the files are much easer to locate.

Actually, that’s how I used to do it. I now have a much simpler way. I use a program called SyncBack SE, from 2BrightSparks. This lets you create a profile, where you specify the local folders that you want to sync. Once you’ve done that, you just need to click one button to automatically upload all the modified files in the folders in question. This is by far the easiest way to keep a remote site and a local drive in sync.

Hope this helps.

Mike

I prefer the first method as it’s free. I’ve already done that and it works fine with FireZilla. I’ve now looked under the gazzilion plug-ins netbeans has to offer and I found this http://plugins.netbeans.org/plugin/13195/remote-file-system, which is useful for editing stuff on the LIVE server.

Sega,

If you’re happy to edit stuff on the live server, that might be a good solution.

Personally, I prefer to do all my development work locally, and upload it when it’s finished. But that’s just my personal preference.

Mike

I prefer the first method as it’s free. I’ve already done that and it works fine with FireZilla. I’ve now looked under the gazzilion plug-ins netbeans has to offer and I found this http://plugins.netbeans.org/plugin/13195/remote-file-system, which is useful for editing stuff on the LIVE server.

Actually, I believe there is a free version of SyncBack. I don’t know off-hand which features it has and which ones it lacks, but I would think it would do FTP sync’ing, as that’s very much a core feature of the product. Might be worth a quick look.

Mike