Optimize and FTP
Publishing to a local folder and then uploading via FTP (File Transfer Protocol) can be a drudge. If you don't know which files have been updated there is no option but to upload all the files and this is time consuming.
Although those publishing to a server other than RageSW don't have the convenience of one click publishing, they gain the advantage of being able to optimize the website files to enable them to download up to twice as fast.
Typical server FTP upload settings are shown to the right...
Server FTP can be the IP Address or: ftp.domain-name.com
Username is not necessarily the same as the hosting service login username.
The directory path is the path to the root folder. The root folder can be identified by the fact that it contains the website's index.html file.
The actual path will depend on the file setup on the server. Ask your Hosting Service's tech support if you are in doubt.
Server Upload Settings
Both optimization and uploading only the changed files can be handled easily by one application...
WebCrusher offers one-click website optimization which cuts the time it takes for your website to load in the browser. It also reduces the size of image files as well as your web page code.
After the first pass, only the files changed by updates and additions need be selected for optimizing and upload via FTP.
Webcrusher has a really neat preview window so that you can check out the original and optimized versions side by side as well as the file size reduction.
Get WebCrusher HERE
In a lot of cases it's OK to use the optimize app's default settings. However, there are some exceptions.
Hopefully, the application will be updated to include some method of excluding minified files.
When publishing to another server, all these scripts can be optimized and uploaded and then the non optimized minified versions can be uploaded via FTP to overwrite those that may be broken.
When creating projects such as jQuery based sliders using code entry, the non minified versions of the scripts can be used if the website files are going to be processed through an app such as WebCrusher before upload to the server.