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    just rang the comapny up and they said it isnt possible to do what i want.

    Know i have to buy a web server and link the current web address to it.

    How can i do this? Been told i have to contact the council to allow it.

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    Any good hosting provider should allow you to create multiple FTP accounts. If you have to contact the council, it's probably just another silly lengthy procedure for a 2 minute job. Alternatively you could go with a real hosting provider if the funds are available.

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    Would the Dropbox Uploader PHP script be an option? Instead of uploading files via FTP, it uploads directly to a Dropbox account (which gives you 2GB of space for free).
    Last edited by Arthur; 19th May 2009 at 05:11 PM.

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    What are the files? What are you actually trying to achieve? There may be easier ways to do this (and safer) - for example, uploading the files to a 3rd party service (eg. flickr if they are images only) and hotlinking them.

    There's also the option of picking up some cheap webspace and then linking people to that yourself - this way you don't move the main site/domain, and any issues/compromises on the file hosting would be contained.

    Otherwise "file upload" forms will work if you have the requisite permissions - but these are dangerous tools in inexperienced hands.

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    or you could use joomla to create the site (you can pick up free templates, and its easy to install (even easier if your new host offers up to date one click installers))then you can upload the files using remository or docman.

    Here is an example of a site using remository that allows users to upload files Ashlawn School - Useful Downloads
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    I think the FTP part of the question is a red herring - a file upload PHP/ASP script would let you accept the files and drop them onto the server via HTTP and the server's file system.

    Security is a major concern though as has been pointed out. At the very minimum you'd want to limit it to specific file extensions and a file size limit. And then be very careful how you use the files!

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