Connect to Subdomain of Add-on Domain via Dreamweaver FTP
Connecting via FTP to a domain’s hosting is easy enough. But what if you had an add-on domain on which you’ve created a subdomain, and you wanted to connect via FTP to it? As I found out recently, not so straightforward. After fiddling around with the settings in Dreamwever’s FTP — and giving up after it didn’t work the first time — I finally succeeded. So this quick post is to show you a snapshot of the settings that worked. Conceptually, of course!
The way in which server folder structures are configured (at least on Apache administered via cPanel) is that there is a main folder called
www where all web site files that are to be accessible via the browser are placed. This is the so called root folder.
If you create a subdomain, a new folder is created inside the root folder. So for example, if your domain is example.com and you create a subdomain called subdomain.example.com, the folder will actually be at
www/subdomain/. This is where the subdomain’s files will be placed.
Well, it turns out that if you have an add-on domain, it’s folder will also reside in
www, so in our case we’ll have
www/add-on.com/. This is where it gets tricky. What if you create a subdomain for the add-on domain? Answer: the sub domain is placed under
www as well, and NOT inside
www/add-on.com/. That’s why we’ve specified the subdomain’s root folder as such above. Trying to connect to subdomain.example.com as the FTP address was to no avail. Using
public_html/subdomain/ didn’t work either. It had to be as shown above.
Hope someone finds this useful!