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Easy FTP Upload

Allow end users to upload files via FTP - accommodates larger files. Ideal for printing companies or others who require large graphic files.

What does it do and how do I use it?

This is version 2.7, and the functionality is fairly simple, although I did try to construct this in a way that would allow for future expansion, while currently allowing some easy basic customizations. The formatting attributes of the basic upload form are controlled by the plugin's separate .css file, for instance.

In case you want to alter things on a more advanced level, the form itself is created by importing a separate .html file included with this plugin (actually it is an HTML fragment, but it can still easily be edited with most HTML-aware code editors - or even to an extent in some WYSIWYG editors). The javascript code that is used to validate the form is included in a separate .js file. Finally, I tried to write the main .php file using verbose commenting where possible.

Since this plugin may allow access to the FTP account login info that you supply to any end user who is allowed to access the page or post where you put it, for security reasons I highly recommend that you create a separate FTP login account on your server to be used exclusively with this plugin. However, as of version 2.x, I have added an admin panel to specify this information rather than requiring it to be supplied in shortcode - this makes it much less likely that someone could "harvest" this login info. Using a login exclusively designed for this plugin would allows you to limit uploads if necessary by assigning a quota for this specific username account. You should also make a folder on your FTP site exclusively to be used by this account, and assign this as the root directory for the account. For example, you could create a special login called "webuploads@domain.com" and point it to a home directory on the FTP site called "~webuploads."

You then control the plugin's implementation and behavior using the admin menu and shortcode. As of version 2.0, there are no longer any attributes to be set via shortcode, since the account settings info has been moved to an admin menu.

Shortcode to use: [easy_ftp_upload]

This plugin will find the default folder you have created for this FTP account, and will then create a folder within it named by either the sender's Company Name (if one was specified) or Contact Name (if no separate Company Name given). Of course, whichever of these is used will first pass through a format scrubber to make sure the name is "legal" on the server (e.g. "Harry's Special Furniture" will create a directory called "harrys_special_furniture"). If the person has uploaded files before using the exact same Contact or Company info, the file will go into the folder that already exists. At this time, the plugin handles duplicates by overwriting files with the same name, but I intend to add functionality to allow for "versioning" in a future edition, when/if I ever get time, and if there turns out to be a demand for it.

In order for the form to validate and submit, I required the Contact Name field to be filled out, but not the Company Name field. I did this because some clients of the print shop were individuals rather than companies. If you wanted to force the entry of a Company Name, you could edit the .html file for that "input" to have a class of "EFU_text_req" instead of the "EFU_text" class it uses by default (and if you really want to be thorough, you'd probably want to alter the HTML describing its label to include that red asterisk).

Anyway, If you find this plugin useful, I hope you'll consider donating in order to help me support my evil open-source coding habit. Bug reports and suggestions for future added functionality are also appreciated. But this is my first plugin, so I beg you to be gentle with any criticism. Thank you.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.1.4
Last Updated: 2011-3-29
Downloads: 26,541


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