How To Use FTP To Upload Web Pages To Web Server
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How To Use FTP?
What is FTP?
FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is the simplest and most secure way to exchange files over the Internet.
Although you can upload web pages via online control panel, most Webmasters choose FTP to upload or download files. It's faster and more reliable.
FrontPage and Dreamwaver have built-in FTP features. But they're very buggy. (Please do NOT use them to transfer web pages to our server:-). You should use standalone FTP applications such as WS_FTP. The LE version is free to download.
(Update: IPswitch has stopped distrubuting the free version of WS_FTP. Luckily there're many free FTP software on the Internet. Go to download.com and seach for "FTP".)
How to use FTP?
It's not as hard as it sounds to use FTP. Just follow these simple steps.
I take WS_FTP as example here. Any other FTP software should work similarly.
Step 1 - Connect to the Internet.
Step 2 - Launch WS_FTP LE.
Step 3 - Connect to your web site:
When WS_FTP LE first launches, it opens the Session Properties window. Here is where you select which FTP site you want to connect to for this session.
From this Session Properties window, click on the "New" button.
All fields should go blank. Now you can create a new FTP site "Profile". The following information is what you'll need to connect to your Website:
Check 'Save Password' so that you don't have to re-enter it every time you want to upload files.
Now click the "Apply" button. Congratulations, you have successfully created an "FTP Profile" in WS_FTP LE!
Click on the OK button and WS_FTP LE will connect you to your site.
Step 4 - Transfer files
Your screen should now look like this:
The left-hand side is a view of the files on your 'Local System' (your computer). The right-hand side is a view of the files on the 'Remote System' (Your web site server).
To transfer files between the left and right side, highlight a file and click on one of the two arrows located in between the panes.
The default view of your Local System (left pane) is 'C:\Program Files\WS_FTP'. You can move up to 'C:\Program Files' by double-clicking the green up-arrow. To move up to to 'C:\', double-click the up arrow again. To change to another drive letter, scroll down and double-click on any available drive.
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