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Is WebDAV the best way to allow easy authoring/uploading of web pages?

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Posted: 15 Nov 2004

Q:
Is WebDAV the best way to allow easy authoring/uploading of web pages? Right now I edit and then use scp to tunnel the copy through ssh. Any pointers to good client software for webdav? Or is it just as simple to use scp?

A:
If you use SUSE Linux (KDE) you can use WebDAV as well as SSH/SCP from Konqueror or any other KIO-enabled application (e.g. in Kate you can open a file on server foo.com by entering fish://username@foo.com/path/to/file and directly save it back via SSH). I guess it's similar for Gnome. For WebDAV, you can use the built-in Webfolder support. SCP usually just works. But for WebDAV you need to configure Apache quite a bit. I don't have a preference for one or the other protocol. WebDAV is of course only as secure as SSH/SCP if you use SSL. In theory WebDAV is more feature-rich because it supports file locking and setting/changing attributes on files, but there are not too many clients that make use of those features.

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