Crayon Shin Chan wrote:
It's hosted by a rather generous guy who had infinite subdomains and a rather generous attitude. I read about this FTP command called CPWD but it isn't supported.
OK, the FTP passwords are probably managed by the hosting provider then. Can you take advantage of his "generous attitude" to have him change the password for you?
You're a linux user, why not run your own server? I know it's not free but you can get a VPS for not a lot these days and installing virtualmin only takes a few minutes and takes care of just about everything you'd need to run a simple web host. I wouldn't want to set myself up as a hosting provider based off of just doing these steps as it wouldn't be secure enough for that but if you're just running your own sites it should be good enough.
Obviously it's a bunch of extra work if you just want a hosted wordpress site, not just setting up the server but maintaining it too (backups updates etc). If you just want that wordpress hosted then don't do it but if you think you might be able to use a server for a bunch of other little projects then give it a thought.
Yeah, I thought about suggesting this too, but decided it was probably overkill. I've hosted my own servers for years (static IP FTW), and in the past year signed up for a VPS as well to get something with better bandwidth than my home DSL connection. Besides hosting various small sites I also use the VPS as a sandbox for testing web apps when I need other people to beat on them (problematic to do this on my home server due to slow upload speed), and as a secure web proxy whenever I'm on the road.
Hmm... Crayon, do you routinely access your FTP server over a public wifi connection? If so, there's pretty high odds your FTP password has been sniffed. "Classic" FTP transmits passwords over the wire (or over the air) unencrypted, making it trivially easy to steal them. Unless you're already doing so, you really ought to be using SFTP (secure FTP), SSH/SCP, or a secure HTTP connection to upload files. If this is not an option, at the very least you should never do FTP uploads of files over a public wifi connection.