I'm trying to wrap my head around FTP for local users.
For example, I have a local WordPress install that requires FTP to update certain plugins. My understanding is that I would create an FTP server, and WordPress would get access as a local user. But...
- Why is this necessary? When WordPress downloads the plugin files from the remote plugin site, it isn't using FTP, and when it needs to install it in its folder, why can't it just have writable access to that folder?
- Does FTP vs FTPS matter in this case. I understand FTP transmits passwords in clear text, but if it's not being transmitted remotely, why would that matter?