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Configure FileZilla for Synchronized Browsing on a Subdomain

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In this session we show how to configure FileZilla for synchronized browsing on a subdomain. We After identifying where in the directory structure of the server the other site is, we add find the local server and the remote server and have them synchronized.

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Member: You know, I followed the instructions. All this is really new to me so I followed the instructions step by step and I set it all up from my root domain and then when I tried to set it up for one of my subdomains, nothing worked and I think I might be missing something.

Rick: I’m going to make you the presenter so I can look over your shoulder. So you have to accept the role of presenter here.

Member: Okay.

Rick: It’s probably just a matter of putting in the slash on the right spot, will be my guess but… Okay, I can halfway see your FileZilla, can you drag it all the way over?

Member: Okay. I don’t know why I had to trouble dragging this thing.

Rick: Okay. It won’t drag because the site manager is open so which one is your root?

Member: My root domain is this one.

Rick: SPMFT?

Member: Yes.

Rick: Okay, go ahead and connect to that and let me just see what it looks like.

Member: Okay. I messed it up too, you know, I thought I would start over, I did something wrong and I tried to delete it and not everything deleted and I ended up moving things around. I mean, it got to be a big mess, it might be okay now, I’m not sure.

Rick: Well, it looks to me like it’s going to the root of wp-content in the root of your site. So that looks like it’s fine so now let’s go try and connect up to your subdomain. Open up the File Manager and just show me the settings for your subdomain.

Member: Okay, let’s see. Okay, so here’s my File Manager so when I found the instructions the first time…

Rick: But you don’t need to do this. The only reason why you would create a new FTP account is if you were giving it to somebody else and you didn’t want them to have access to your full site.

Member: Oh, okay.

Rick: So you can skip this entirely.

Member: You mean this thing on Hostgator?

Rick: Yeah. You don’t need to set up a new FTP account or anything like that.

Member: Well, that’s probably the problem because that’s what I tried to do.

Rick: Yeah. Let’s open up your site manager in FileZilla.

Member: Okay.

Rick: Okay and select the CWS which I presume is your…

Member: Right.

Rick: Okay. So FTP, you’ve got the right FTP there and the user, you should use the same username as you use with the SPMFT so go click on SPMFT.

Member: Okay, I know where it is.

Rick: Okay. It should be the same one in the same password.

Member: Okay.

Rick: Now, go over to Advanced and the default remote directory should be, we’re going to start off with just /public_html and leave the default local directory blank for the moment and just hit Connect. Okay, on the remote site, expand the file name so I can see it better, on the remote site. See where that thing that says, Filename, down lower.

Member: Filename, here. Okay.

Rick: Yeah. See that little bar between Filename and Filesize?

Member: Yeah.

Rick: Expand that so I can actually read the Filename, there we go.

Member: Okay.

Rick: Okay, keep going, there you go. So now, which one of these is the one you’re trying to get to, changeworkstrategies?

Member: changeworkstrategies, yes.

Rick: Okay, so go ahead and open up changeworkstrategies.com for me.

Member: Okay.

Rick: Okay, go back up one. Actually, no, don’t. See where it says, Remote site? Copy that address where it says, Remote site. It says, Remote site /public_html, copy that whole thing.

Member: Okay.

Rick: Now, go back over to your Site Manager.

Member: Okay.

Rick: And go to Advanced and the default remote directory, it’s not local but remote.

Member: Okay.

Rick: You select that whole thing and paste the address you copied.

Member: Okay.

Rick: Okay, now for default local directory, that’s browse to where you’ve got the site set up on your computer.

Member: Where the site, I’m not sure what you mean. Do you mean that…

Rick: Well, do you have a file set up under MyWebsites for the site?

Member: Yeah, let me find what you meant. Well, I just lost everything.

Rick: So go ahead and browse again, there you go.

Member: Okay.

Rick: Yeah, that’s it right there.

Member: Yeah, here it is, so this one.

Rick: Now, maybe you need to open that further and see if you get down to WordPress, okay.

Member: Okay.

Rick: So go ahead and select WordPress and say, Choose and then check the box saying, “Use synchronized browsing”, and say, “Connect”.

Member: Okay.

Rick: Now, we should connect in such a way so now if you double click on wp-content, it should open up on both sides. There you go.

Member: Okay.

Rick: You’re there.

Member: Oh, thank you.

Rick: That’s all there is to it. You just have to know where in your directory structure on your server where your other site is and what we did was, if you drag that back over so I can see the whole thing again, you know, we moved it to /public_html or the remote site is in /public_html/changeworkstrategies.com.

Member: Right.

Rick: That’s where the remote site is and the other site is in CWSWebsite/Wordpress for the local.

Member: Yes, got it.

Rick: So now you have them synchronized together. That’s all there is to it and you would use the exact same FTP username and password for all of your subdomains.

Member: Okay, that’s where I went wrong so thanks a lot it makes a lot more sense now.

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