Can't set-up FTP-account on a WordPress droplet (Ubuntu 14.04)

  • Posted July 9, 2014

I’m trying to login by FTP to my WordPress OneClickInstall droplet, but I can’t seem to get the configuration correct. I read multiple tutorials on the subject on DigitalOcean as well as the Ubuntu forums - still it doesn’t work. Here is what I have done so far and the results:

  1. Installed proftpd (as root)
  2. Edited the proftpd.conf file and restarted the service (as mentioned here - except for uncommenting the “DefaultRoot” line)
  3. Logged into the droplet as root, created a new user and gave it sudo rights
  4. Got the 530-error when trying to login as the new user via FileZilla
  5. Commented the default user and group in proftpd.conf as mentioned here
  6. Got the “ECONNREFUSED - Connection refused by server” error
  7. The log files either say incorrect password or ProFTPD killed (signal 15)

The password entered seems to be correct (since I copy-paste it).


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Dear Kamal,

Thanks for your reply. Somehow it worked after a good night sleep, added another user account and restarted the proftpd service. Now just need to configure it so the ftp account can’t access all the files on the server…

What’s the output of sudo tail -40 /var/log/proftpd/proftpd.log?