Website Admin from Finder?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by willcapellaro, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. willcapellaro macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2011
    Is there any way I can administer a web site directly from the finder?

    I have a GoDaddy site that I rarely update, but I would very much to drag and drop things rather than use a terrible ftp-style program or web portal to do so.
  2. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    I'm sorry to hear that
    Not so terrible FTP-style program I use all the time is CyberDuck
  3. willcapellaro thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2011
    Thanks. Looks like I have Cyberduck already, maybe I should try using it...
  4. Sebct macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2010
    London, UK.
    If your willing to pay for something, take a look at transmit. Gives you a split-screen view with your local files on one side and server files on the other...
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I just use "ftp" from the terminal. It's about as simple as can be.

    The terminal actually has a drag and drop feature. Drop a file icon onto the terminal and the full path to the file name(s) appear as if you typed it. This makes ftp very quick and easy.

    I think most web browsers handle FTP also with easy drag and drop file transfer. Try it. Safari or Firefox should just work.
  6. ocabj macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2009
    sshfs via FUSE

    I stopped using it after google stopped updating the code base for MacFUSE a few years ago.

    But the project appears to have been forked off:
  7. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    I'd highly recommend you stop using FTP altogether. It is insecure and can lead to server breaches. A much better alternative is to use SFTP which actually encrypts the connection between your computer and your server so that the password is not sent in plain text across the internet like it is with FTP.
  8. ocabj macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2009
    Again, I iterate sshfs over MacFUSE. If you're not understanding what it is, it is basically mounting a remote volume via SSH (assuming the server is running sshd) such that you have a network volume you can mount on your local host that is accessible via Finder and is connected via SSH (secure shell). Hence, "sshfs" (ssh filesystem). Unlike SFTP which is using ftp style protocols over an SSH tunnel, SSHFS is a filesystem in userspace (hence "FUSE") and is facilitated by the FUSE modules/drivers to generate that kernel to userspace bridge to create the virtual FS.
  9. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    +1 for Transmit, although you can do the job with free (e.g. Filezilla) or shareware (cyberduck) , transmit is a nicely put together app.

    The practical upshot of this is that since the remote files turns up as a mounted 'volume' any Mac app can access them directly.

    Transmit 4 gives you a choice of using the dedicated FTP/SFTP client (which replicates most of the Finder functionality) or mounting the remote site as a volume using 'TransmitFS' (similar functionality to MacFUSE/SSHFS).

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