When I recently moved house I had to go three weeks without broadband. In it’s place I used a 3G modem in order to be able to keep running my business. It felt like going back to the 56k modem days at times, but it was tolerable for a short period.
One thing I did struggle with however was uploading multiple files to a remote web server. I usually upload WordPress other applications to web servers at least once per day which include thousands of files – that’s thousands of individual requests, giving my FTP client more opportunities, especially with slower upload speeds, to timeout.
So, instead of uploading multiple files I zipped them all into one file and transfers them onto the server. I then unzip them on the server using a PHP function, which takes seconds.
Here’s how I did it:
- Zip the files up into a file call it myfile.zip
- Upload myfile.zip to the folder on your web server into the correct folder.
- Create a PHP file named unzip.php in the same folder as your zip file with the following in it:
<?php $zip = new ZipArchive; $location = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT']; $zip->open('myfile.zip'); $zip->extractTo("/$location/"); $zip->close(); ?>
- RUN unzip.php from your web browser and it will instantly unzip all the files.
- For security purposes delete myfile.zip and unzip.php from your server so nobody else can unzip files on your server.
And that’s about it. It was a massive time saver me for and increased the stability of my uploads over a slower internet connection.