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FileZilla and cPanel based servers – the issue and solution — January 24, 2015

FileZilla and cPanel based servers – the issue and solution


As I have shared in past blog posts, I currently work for Site5.com and as part of my job I help customers from the over 6 million websites hosted to solve some issues. Recently one of the most used FTP applications, FileZilla, was updated. Unfortunately this new version literally broke the ability to connect to their FTP for many users of cPanel based hosting such as Site5.com. So I am doing this post as a tutorial to try to help all those people who are facing this exact same issue with their providers and FileZilla.

What is the error?

After connecting to the FTP server the connection times out. So you can’t get the directory listing no matter if you are on passive or normal mode.

Status: Connected
Status: Retrieving directory listing...
Command: PWD
Response: 257 "/" is your current location
Command: TYPE I
Response: 200 TYPE is now 8-bit binary
Command: PASV
Response: 227 Entering Passive Mode (xxx,xxx,xxx,xxx)
Command: MLSD
Error: Connection timed out
Error: Failed to retrieve directory listing

What the hell caused this error?

Hey, Don’t look at me! It’s FileZilla‘s fault. Starting on version 3.10 (read filezilla realease notes), FTP over TLS is now used by default way of connecting. So… what is FTP over TLS you might be asking yourself while scratching your head. Well you are in luck that I’m going to briefly explain it for you. FTP over TLS, or FTP Secure or FTPS, is nothing more than FTP with encryption that uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) to protect the communication between you and the FTP server. This way even if you are in your favorite coffee shop transferring files to your website, the hacker that is there for the past 4 hours scanning & snooping the WiFi network for passwords, will not be able to easily see which username/password you are using, since all the communication between you and the server is encrypted. But for some reason up this moment, unknown for me, the connection times out when trying to setup the communication between both parties. Sorry folks!

How can I solve this?

The solution is ridiculously simple, and it was given on the release notes for that same FileZilla release which states this (literally):

FTP over TLS is now used by default if the server supports it. Use of plain FTP can be enforced for a server in the Site Manager

So this means that you need to:

  1. Go to your FileZilla client
  2. Go to Site Manager
  3. And setup your connection to your FTP following the example below:

FileZilla - SiteManager Where you will replace yourdomain.com with the actual domain or hostname or IP of the server that you are trying to connect to. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you set Encryption to ONLY USE PLAIN FTP (INSECURE), other wise it will not work. The username name should be following that pattern ONLY if its a FTP username created on your cPanel’s FTP Account module. If the username that you have is the cPanel username, then you can only use the username without the @domain.com part. Setting up your FileZilla this way will guarantee that you connect without issues to the server and it will also save the configuration for the next time that you want to connect. It’s easy, go ahead and try it yourself! If you guys need further assistance, feel free to comment below or use my contact page to drop me a note. Have a great FTP UPLOADING experience!

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6 months working for WWWH — January 7, 2015

6 months working for WWWH


It seems really fast how this 6 months flied by. Before joining the amazing, 100% remote team of WWWH, I was working for a pretty fast paced web development firm based out from Monterrey, Mexico called Iliux. I made the switch since I have been wanting to work for WWWH for about two years but timing was never there.

WWWH

I had been using their reseller services and shared hosting services of one of their brands, Site5.com, for the past 6 years and I was really in love with their service and their support. Its was thru them that I met cPanel, and learned how to use it and started providing support for other customers when I became I reseller with a venture I started named Top Host LLC.

I can say now after some months I have learned a lot from how cPanel infrastructure work and I have improved my troubleshooting skills for web errors (Apache, PHP, WordPress, etc) and usual errors that Site5.com customers face on a daily basis.

What the future holds ? Well I’m really looking forward to my 6 months performance review to set a road map so I can keep growing within the company while keep providing awesome support to all of WWWH & Site5.com customers.

Site5

The company is so incredibly growing that we are always looking for staff members to join this 100% remote workforce company, so if you’d like to work from home, this is your opportunity be sure to visit our careers page.

So what can you expect of my blog and my posts? Well I will be posting some cPanel information based on my experience with customers, will be creating small tutorials on how to fix things with WordPress, Google Apps, git, ruby, etc.

If you’d like me to post something specific, be sure to drop me a note via my contact me page.

That is all for now folks!

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