When installing WordPress, you’ll be asked to enter your FTP connection information. This is required because WordPress needs certain file permissions to install and update itself. The web based installer is useful, but you should use command line programs to configure your FTP connection. In this article, we’ll explain how to configure your FTP connection so that WordPress uses the most secure method to install your WordPress files. Also, we’ll explain how to use FTP to update your WordPress files.
If you’ve ever tried connecting to your server via FTP, you know that file permissions determine which files a user can access. If your WordPress site has a default permission setting of “public”, you’ll want to change it to’read-only’ or ‘write-only’. Otherwise, you’ll get a fatal error message. Furthermore, improper permissions can expose your website to malicious activity.
Another option is to use an FTP client. These clients will allow you to upload your files without the risk of losing your data. Once you’ve setup your FTP client, all you have to do is upload files to the /wp-content/uploads folder. SFTP is also a good option for uploading files to your WordPress installation. Make sure that you use a strong password and always update it to avoid security issues.
To use SFTP, you’ll need to obtain your server’s credentials, which include the SFTP URL, SFTP port number, and a username and password. These credentials are specific to your site, so they must be entered in an SFTP client. Filezilla is an excellent free SFTP client that will copy these credentials to your clipboard. Be sure to enter the protocol as described in your browser’s help section.