FTPing the Most Recent Changes

Question: I use WS-FTP to copy my pages to my web site. I have hundreds of pages. Is there an easy way to locate the latest changes in the list so as to make sure that I don't overlook any updates?

Answer: There is a simple solution to this problem. The solution is to sort the files in your local folder window into date order instead of alphabetically.

The WS-FTP interface window

The local folder window (the one on the left) has several columns in the window each with a heading. By default the entries in the list are sorted by Name. To find the latest changes we need to sort by Date. To change the sort sequence you just click on the appropriate heading - in this case 'Date'.

Now the most recently changed files will be at the top of the list. Assuming that you load all of your updated files each time that you run WS-FTP then all of the updated files will be higher in the list than the WS-FTP.LOG file (which is where the record of the actions performed by the program is kept). This makes it extremely easy to find all of the files that haven't yet been FTPed to your site. Just click on the first file, scroll down to find the log file, shift-click on the file immediately above it, and then click the arrow button to load the selected files to your site.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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