Problems with Expression Web 4 and Azure Websites



I was moving the family winery website from 1and1 to Azure Websites.  Overall a great experience until I hit issues with Expression Web 4.

Previously I edited the live site on Expression Web 4 via FTP hosted with 1and1.  Because I started working on a new mobile app for the winery, I decided I had to move the site from a multi-tenant host to a dedicated host I had control of, and could build a back-end for.

I decided to build out a site with Azure Websites.  I did a quick-create site, got the FTP host and credentials.  I added the new site to Expression intending to do a transfer FTP to FTP.  But what happened ever-time i navigated to site\wwwroot on the Azure side, and copied files.  It would appear they got copied but after a refresh did not.

I looked around and could find not obvious answers for the problem, so I ended up using FileZilla to transfer the files, and this worked without an issue.  Once I did that, I opened up the Azure side FTP as a live site in Expression and I was able to make edits just fine.

Strange, but at least there was a workaround.

Chris Riley is a technologist and DevOps advocate for @Splunk who has spent 12 years helping organizations transition from traditional development practices to a modern set of culture, processes and tooling.


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