2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 17, 2006 8:00 AM by PAB1953

    FTP Uploads to Commercial Printer Site?

    PAB1953 Level 1
      I'm building a website for a commercial printer. The printer wants to allow clients to FTP files to him for printing. I'm trying to decide on the best way to do this.

      Some questions, thinking both about security and ease of use:

      - Should clients upload to a "communal" FTP area?
      - Could this be done without using a password?
      - Or should clients have to register to create an individual account? How would this be done?

      Thanks for any ideas.
        • 1. Re: FTP Uploads to Commercial Printer Site?
          Level 7

          > Some questions, thinking both about security and ease of use:
          >
          > - Should clients upload to a "communal" FTP area?
          > - Could this be done without using a password?
          > - Or should clients have to register to create an individual account? How
          > would this be done?

          A common solution (from printers I've worked with) is to have a 'drop box'
          FTP site for incoming jobs. You should still set it up so each person has an
          account (a server admin would have to create those as requested) and then
          the rights would WRITE but not READ (so they could write to the folder, but
          not see everyone else's folder).

          Another option would be to create unique accounts for each client. Either
          way, it really isn't a web developer's issue...but rather whoever will end
          up being the server administrator.

          -Darrel


          • 2. Re: FTP Uploads to Commercial Printer Site?
            PAB1953 Level 1
            Thanks. Much appreciated.