How to FTP to a Single Folder

In a shared hosting account you may actually be running a number of addon domains.  Each one is contained in a folder in your main account.

Sometimes someone wants access to one of your domains, be it customer service, wanting to ftp in datafeeds, or whatever.  It’s not your main account and you’d really prefer not to give access to the whole thing.

How can you ftp to just one folder?

The ftp is your main account address.  Using the Hypothetical Account, it’d be .

The username is the folder sortof emailing the main account, like this: .

The password is… whatever you make it- just make it different from the main pw for your account.

Now you need to configure an ftp account before anyone can use it.

Go into cPanel > Files > Ftp Accounts
… and set it up as above.  Make a record of the password somewhere so you can give that to your customer service along with the ftp and username.

Now test it.  You should be able to put the info in your ftp client and go right to the folder in question.

July 16th, 2011

Recommended Web Hosting

“Free” web hosting?!

For anyone not over the free/almost free web hosting myth yet, I’ll put it this way. “Free” web hosting is free as in beer– tomorrow. I don’t care if there’s still a “free” site somewhere on the web, if it’s a dollar come-on, or if the freebie is part of an expensive guru deal. The hassles, headaches and down time are absolutely no way to run a business!

And running a business, no matter how small, is what it’s all about.

Paying a few paltry bucks for reliability and peace of mind is the bargain of the year. Get a shared web hosting account, and you can host all the domain names you like and host a bunch of static sites, wordpress blogs, and a cms or so if it suits you.

Okay, get shared web hosting and your troubles are over, right?
Wrong. Web hosts advertise like crazy and are notorious for “playing games” – I’ve been subjected to a wide variety of strange limitations and extra-added fees after they’ve got my money.

And how are you supposed to find a really good web host when all the “recommended” sites are going to tell you are the companies that paid them the most? (These may be good or not, but who’s to know?)

After stumbling around for quite some time I found not one, but two two web hosts I use myself and would recommend. They meet my needs, are reliable, and don’t indulge in “funny stuff”.
In alphabetical order:

I’ll mention Hostgator first mainly because it is huge. One of the largest web hosts around, it offers packages from single-domain starters through reseller sites, and has recently added VPS. Check them out for sales and specials.

Bluehost offers a one-size-fits-all package that is suitable for most needs. They also throw in a free domain name – this is the one time I advise hosting your domain name with your web hosting account. (Other than this, keep them separate!)

November 29th, 2010

Screen Capture Utilities – Fun and Free

A screen capture utility gives you the ability to take a “picture” of anything on your computer screen, from the whole thing (like the Windows Print Screen button) to a small section of it.

From there, the capture can go where you send it- your desktop, the clipboard, or straight to a graphics program.

Screen captures are old news to many, but to people who have been limited to the Print Screen button and the right-click, this is a real eye-opener.

And there’s no need to buy anything, because basic screen captures are free. I’ve made a small PDF report about screen captures with links on where to get the free software. It’s here at
– right-click to download.

December 4th, 2009

CSS: The Highlighter Trick

A great way to use inline styles is the famous “yellow highlighter” right in the middle of a sentence. There is no way to get this effect with just plain html. Here’s how to do it:

This is a sentence with <span style="font-style: italic;
background-color: yellow;">some highlighted words</span> in
the middle.   

And here’s what it looks like:
This is a sentence with some highlighted words in the middle.

August 6th, 2009

Emergency Internet Access: Prepaid Dialup

Losing internet access can devastate your business. Here’s an emergency workaround to keep the basics going until your service is working again.

Continue Reading June 13th, 2009

Confessions of a WordPress Newbie

WordPress can be a great (and free!) way to get your business on the internet. Here are some things you need to know in order to get started.

Continue Reading May 20th, 2009

eCommerce on a Shoestring

How to sell your products yourself without complicated content management systems and big bills.

Continue Reading May 3rd, 2009

WordPress Custom Headers Made Easy

When you want your WordPress Blog to look unique, choosing the right design takes the headaches out of installing a custom header.

Continue Reading April 20th, 2009

How to Write a Great eBay Auction Title

The Title of your eBay auction is very important. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Continue Reading April 17th, 2009

WordPress Suicide, a Handy Plugin for fixing Big Mistakes

Whether you’re testing a brand new blog or really have to start fresh, this plug-in can be very handy.

Continue Reading April 10th, 2009