FTP "Home directory not available" or sync issues on

FTP “Home directory not available” or sync issues on

Since a few days, we are seeing reports about people who are having various kinds of issues with FTP on their accounts.

Which components are affected by this issue

The issue seems to only occur on hosting accounts that have the Website IP

What issues may you see

You will see one of two issues:

  • You cannot connect to FTP at all. In FTP clients that show server error messages, you will see this as “421 Home directory not available - aborting”.
  • You can connect to FTP, but any changes made to your files do not take effect on your website.

When will this issue be resolved

We are doing our best to get these issues resolved as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough details to tell how soon that will be.

What can you do to fix this

There are no currently known fixes you can do, but there may be some workarounds.

If FTP access is available, you can choose to backup all files and databases. After that, you can remove the domain from your account, and create a new account for the domain. Then, you can import your website on this new account.

Please note that moving to a new account will result in some downtime for your website (remember that your website is still accessible now), so please consider for yourself if being able to make changes to your files is more important than downtime (and the effort required to migrate the site).

We are aware of the issue and are doing our best to get this resolved as soon as possible.

I completely understand that this may cause confusion and you will have additional questions. I am happy to provide any information I have to help you.

However, to keep the contents of this topic clean, clear and concise, I ask that you carefully read the Outage Communication Rules before posting.

In a nutshell:

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Now site is down. With this message: ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR. But I see files in FTP. Worst than before.

The error ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR typically means that you’re trying to access the site with HTTPS, but no SSL certificate is installed for your domain.

Fortunately, that’s easy to fix by just getting and installing an SSL certificate on your account.

If that doesn’t work, or you need any help with that, please create a new topic for it because I think it’s unlikely to be related to this issue.


Friendly reminder to everyone: please carefully check the IP address / hosting volume in the first post, and the error messages that are described.

If you’re not on the affected servers, and you do not experience the problems described, then you can be sure that your issue is not related.

And if your issue is not related, then please don’t post about it in this topic. Please create a separate topic about it in the Hosting Support category.

Posts that are not related to the issue of this topic will be flagged and deleted without warning.


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