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I have several different sites on different servers at any given time. I'm currently using Filezilla as my ftp client, but I can't seem to figure out how the bookmarks are supposed to work. I've tried both "Global" and "Site specific" but I'm not clear what the difference is (neither is the documentation).

Basically, I'd love it if there was a way to enter the information for a site once, set the local/remote starting paths. Then be able to connect to that server at those exact spots by using the bookmark. Is this a crazy request?

So far, the bookmarks will set the local directory, but they don't automatically connect to the remote location. So I have to connect first, then use the bookmark. It's a small difference, but I do this hundreds of times a day sometimes, and it seems like such basic functionality that I figured I'd ask.


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What you are asking is easily done, and it is the normal way to do things. I used to use Filezilla a lot, but it's been several months, so I hope I remember everything correctly.

First, you set up the sites, and set the starting directory, both local and remote, here. You do not need a bookmark if you only want to go to this location - you simply click on sites, choose the one you want, and press the connect button.

Now, lets say you have something like a few Wordpress sites, which has directories for themes, plugins, etc. They all have the same directory structure, so you can set "site specific" bookmarks for each site all with the same names (you would set these once you're connected to the corresponding site). These can have the same name, because they are site specific. Once you're connected, you can go to the plugins directory of whichever site you're connected to from the bookmarks menu, or you can go directly there from the sites menu tree, where it should also show the bookmark as a branch on the tree - you just select the node, then press "connect".

If you have only one web site, you can set bookmarks globally, and you will see them from the Bookmarks menu even when not connected. Or if you have a lot of sites, you can simply set favorites here as global bookmarks, to make them quicker to find.

Edit: Feel free to ask for any elaboration if you need it. I didn't want to get too detailed if you didn't need more.

Edit2 Global Bookmarks Revisited

I went back and tested bookmarks some more, after reading a reply, and my memory wasn't 100% on how it worked. It seems that global bookmarks do not, indeed cannot, have a full URL, just a linux pathname. So there's no way to connect using a global bookmark. So, I personally can't see a benefit to global bookmarks, except if you don't have multiple sites, or not very many bookmarks per site, then it would make the site manager less cluttered, since you would not see the bookmarks any longer in the tree.

Personally, I'm getting away from Filezilla; I like it for FTP, but I'm moving more toward ssh, and learned to mount an ssh connection locally, which is even better than ftp.

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BTW, be aware that all of your login information is stored in plain text in the filezilla directory of your home directory. This is something I didn't realize when I first started using it. – Marty Fried May 9 '12 at 1:23
AHA! I didn't realize I was supposed to use the site manager that way. I was using the bookmarks alone and I couldn't figure out why the local directory would change, but the remote wouldn't. I guess I'm still confused why they would call them "global bookmarks" if they don't actually connect to the new server (unless you've already connected that particular site in the site manager), but at least I know how to do it now. Thanks. – emersonthis May 10 '12 at 13:51
Sorry, my memory was a little off, and I didn't give the full answer. I added a second edit to my answer. If it makes you feel any better, I don't really see much reason for them, either, and it's especially frustrating that global seems to be the default. – Marty Fried May 10 '12 at 18:38
Cool. Thanks for the feedback. I'm testing out Transmit right now for ftp. It has a slightly different feature set, but the interface is WAY more intuitive. Probably going to be worth the $34. – emersonthis May 11 '12 at 19:32

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