Error 550 When Publishing By FTP

If you’re publishing to an external host (not Blog*Spot) by FTP (or SFTP), you may be seeing any of several errors in the log

Error 550: Access is denied.
Error 550: Requested action not taken: file unavailable.
Error 550: The system cannot find the path specified.

If so, you may want to check your (Settings – Publishing – ) FTP publishing setting. The FTP Path setting points to the location of your blog, relative to the root folder in the FTP server.

If the value for your FTP Path is “/”, you should change it to “.”. The setting “/” points to the absolute path of the root folder on the server. FTP requires relative paths, such as “.”, which points to the FTP root. This issue is discussed in Blogger Help Group: Publishing Trouble Bizarre Blogger Publishing Problem, help!!

We’ve noted in some discussions that, after you change the path to “.”, for instance, the Blogger script may change the setting to “./”, or even “/”. But your initially changing it to “.” appears to be a key step, nonetheless. Save the setting, Republish, and test.

Besides the Publishing FTP Path, which indicates where the main blog is stored, there are two similar settings, for the Archiving and Site Feed paths. Blogger Help: What is the FTP path? discusses this, and more, in greater detail.

You may also find Microsoft Error message in IIS: “530 User cannot log in. Login failed.” to be of interest.


7 Responses to “Error 550 When Publishing By FTP”

  1. Adam Says:

    thank you SOOOOO much. This was driving me crazy last night and today. Thank goodness Google brought me to you!

  2. Thomas Says:

    I was getting these errors and tried your fix. Everytime I saved my changes, the blogger interface seemed to set it right back to its original ‘/’.
    Nonetheless, when I republished the problem was fixed!


  3. gina Says:

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

    This was precisely my problem. I’m not sure how long the badaid will last, but at least for now I have a workaround!

    Thanks again.

  4. ev Says:

    Thank you!! No idea why or how this publishing problem started for my blog, but this fixed it. 🙂

  5. Gavin S. Says:

    After 11 days of not being able to publish (out of the blue) I found this and it saved my sanity! 🙂 Thank you so much for the help.

  6. Mike Says:

    thank you thank you this problem was driving me crazy and I would never have found the answer in Blogger’s help.

    Note: I entered “.” and Blogger changed it to “./” buit it worked.

  7. clifford Says:

    awesome!! it was frustrating me to all hell that i couldn’t post. all my friends were like – WTF!- did you die?

    Thank you thank you thank you.

    And of course – MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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