I recently redesigned a site for a customer who has an online ecommerce site.
He now has a database driven site, with over 2,000 products. 75% of them products require "sample" files as well as images of the product. I have the site setup similarly to this:
images (2.3Mb total with 113 files in folder).
images/products (23.7Mb total with 2092 files in folder).
images/products/thumbs (3.8Mb total with 1025 files in folder).
samples (2.2Gb total with 3,214 files in folder).
As you can see the samples folder contains a lot of files and is 2.2Gb in size!. Now I can use ws_ftp to connect to the site, and browse more or less all the folders, however if I try to browse to html_root/images/products, html_root/images/products/thumbs or html_root/samples, then it takes ages to "think" about it and displays an empty folder (and I know it's not as the webpage displays the product info / images / samples.
This however means the client can no longer open the folder to upload further product images / samples etc!
Now I don't know what to do with regards to this, and would like some advice on what to do? I have spoken to my host and they say I am right, the FTP server is timing out whilst it trys to list the directory, due to the size of files, qty of files etc.
What can anyone suggest?