ftp accounts?

July 27th, 2007

So now I know the cause of the problem I had posting pictures with blogdesk. But Live Writer is a little friendlier and suggested creating an ftp account. Trouble is I have no idea what an ftp account is or how it would help. Help?

9 Responses to “ftp accounts?”

  1. John Says:

    FTP = file transfer protocol. It’s a program for uploading files to the Net, although a lot of the time these days it’s built in to sites, and you no longer need separate software. The account really means that bit on a server to which you upload the files; but that belongs to the world of websites you make yourself rather than blogs where the software takes all the strain for you.

    Will Live Writer not allow you to add photos directly to this blog? Have you tried inserting a picture and then uploading the post?

  2. stuart Says:

    You shouldn’t need to use an FTP account, you should be able to post pictures directly to this blog. Let me know if it works or not.

  3. wangbo Says:

    John and Stuart, thanks. I managed to figure out what FTP was, but it’s the problem uploading pictures that’s confusing me. When I tried with blogdesk it made up some bullshit excuse why it couldn’t upload pictures. Live Writer told me that this blog account didn’t support pictures and suggested setting up the FTP account. John, I did exactly as you suggested, wrote the post, inserted the picture, uploaded, got that error message.

    Oddly enough, it works perfectly fine with my canalblog account, which is the Chinese study blog I’ve been meaning to revive for some time now, but although the picture is sitting there in the post, it doesn’t show up in the ‘photo albums’ section in the back end.

  4. John Says:

    It’s possible that blogtown doesn’t host pictures so that you’d have to sign up to a third-party service such as flickr (oops! Blocked) or Image Shack, or one of the others. That’s perhaps why Live Writer won’t play the game with you.

    As for the canalblog thing, I don’t know. The picture must be there if you can see it, but it’s strange that it doesn’t appear to register with the service itself.

  5. wangbo Says:

    Fortunately I don’t actually care whether I can post photos or not, I just wanted to see how the photo thing works on the off chance I did actually want to post a photo.

    Anyway, it all seems very weird to me, both at blogtown and canalblog. The photo is definitely at canalblog, just not in the photo album section.

    Oh well.

  6. stuart Says:

    I’ll look into the problem of not being able to upload photos and get back to you.

  7. wangbo Says:

    Thanks, Stuart.

  8. stuart Says:

    I just created a post here with Windows Live Writer:

    I didn’t do anything special, it worked first time. Which version of Writer are you using? Mine says Version 1.0

  9. wangbo Says:

    Hmmm, I’ll have another go. It could’ve been some technical problem somewhere between here and the blogtown server. Thanks Stuart.