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Author Topic: Is there a more efficient way to update ftp text files?  (Read 1349 times)

superboyac

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Is there a more efficient way to update ftp text files?
« on: December 27, 2010, 04:08:41 PM »
This may sound like a stupid question...
Whenever I have to change the css style of my website, I start fiddling around with the text file, and updating the ftp to see how it looks online.  I do this a lot when I modify the stylesheet.  Is there a more automated way to keep doing this?  It's a pain right now, I'll explain my procedure:
1.) edit stylesheet file in text editor
2.) press Save
3.) drag-drop file in ftp folder
4.) confirm that Yes, I do want to overwrite the existing file
5.) go the website, click refresh
6.) repeat

how do you guys do it?  I know a lot of you do this for a living or just a lot in general, so I'm sure you have better ways for it.  I know programs like Ultraedit have built in ftp's, but not all text editors, and is there another way of doing it other than a built in ftp for the text editor?

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Re: Is there a more efficient way to update ftp text files?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2010, 04:25:01 PM »
WebDrive - sorry can't remember the URL from here.

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Re: Is there a more efficient way to update ftp text files?
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2010, 04:30:29 PM »
2 approaches I use frequently. Either A: use a text editor that includes built-in FTP functionality - this is the smoothest approach, but if your favorite text editor doesn't support this (for the love of god why not?), then it's not an option for you; or B: use an FTP program like Filezilla where you can open the file from the remote server, save changes locally, and it will detect and upload the changed files automatically.

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« Last Edit: December 27, 2010, 05:31:09 PM by JavaJones »

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Re: Is there a more efficient way to update ftp text files?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2010, 04:56:25 PM »
You might want to check out Stylizer (http://www.skybound.ca/) which lets you work with and preview CSS changes in wysiwyg fashion (using browser engines integrated into the program), then saves them using FTP.

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Re: Is there a more efficient way to update ftp text files?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2010, 05:24:58 PM »
Thanks guys.  All of those suggestions sound good, I'll try them all.

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Re: Is there a more efficient way to update ftp text files?
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2010, 09:20:20 PM »
one more, and free, first make your css changes using Firebug. this will cut down on the edit, upload, refresh, edit, upload, refresh cycle. i stubornly ignored Firebug for years, as i thought it was all about javascript debugging but it's also the best (free) css tool there is.