Category Archives: FileZilla

Installing WP with command line

So when FileZilla created havoc with the file permissions of my WP script, and VestaCP doesn’t have a File Manager or a script installer, I went for installing WP with the command line instead.

I thought I would record the steps I followed here in case this will be the route I follow in future.

Step 1: Change directory to public_html

cd /home/admin/web/

Step 2: Download WordPress Script


Step 3: Unzip WordPress Script

unzip latest unzip

Step 4: Move content of WordPress folder up one folder into public_html

cd wordpress
mv * .[^.]* ..

Step 5: Remove empty WordPress folder and index.html file

rmdir wordpress
rm index.html

Step 6: Edit WP-Config.php file

mv wp-config-sample.php wp-config.php
nano wp-config.php

Save (Ctrl+O) and Exit (Ctrl+X)

SSH FileZilla Zip and UnZip Challenge

So learned through really hard experience that if one uploaded individual files of a script from a local  computer to a server with FileZilla that it creates a problem with the file permissions.  Previously, on shared hosting, I had used FileManager in cPanel to upload zipped scripts to the File Directory.  With VestaCP and Webuzo I’m using SSH with FileZilla instead.  Felt quite good about using it, until I realized that it was creating a problem with my WordPress script.  I’d get the white screen of death when I used it.

How I discovered this is that when I was using Webuzo CP a few days ago on another server, I used FileZilla to upload a WP script with individual files vs zipped.  I then received the white screen of death.  Later on I used the softaculous installer in WordPress to upload the script.  And it then worked perfect. At the time I concluded Webuzo was the problem.  Then more recently when I started a new server with VestaCP exactly the same thing happened.  I tried to upload an unzipped WP script with FileZilla SSH and the very same thing happened.  White screen of death.  This time round I installed WordPress using the command line. And it worked. Refer my post about how to install WordPress with using the command line.

So now we have a nice challenge on hand.  How to zip and unzip files while using FileZilla OR where can one find a free FTP client that has a zip and unzip capability?  I’ve done extensive searches and found nothing so far.  Think I may now explore the possibility of adding a File Manager of VestaCP instead.  Only negative of course is that the script is paid.  I’ll check also with Webuzo whether the FileManager has a Zip and Unzip tool.