Once you have set up a website under Apache, you would need FTP access to the website to be able to upload files. The steps below explain how to do this.
1.Install VSFTPD server :
sudo apt-get install vsftpd
2.Make changes to the vsftpd configuration file by uncommenting or adding write_enable=YES and chroot_local_user=YES and enabling local_umask=022
# Enable this to allow users to write files to their web folder write_enable=YES # To restrict users to specific web folders and block access to parent folders chroot_local_user=YES local_umask=022
3.Create a user for FTP and ensure that it is part of the www-data group. We are using ftpvc as an example user and assume that the website home folder is /var/www/html
useradd -s /usr/sbin/nologin ftpvc sudo passwd ftpvc # you will be prompted to enter a password twice sudo usermod -d /var/www/html ftpvc usermod -a -G www-data ftpvc
4.Now make sure that the ftp user has not shell to login to the system directly.
Add the following line in /etc/shells
Save the file
5.Restart vsftpd server
service vsftpd restart
6.Make sure that the website folder is owned by the ftp user and the www-data group.