Upload / Download Web Files using FileZilla

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Download / Upload your Web Files using FileZilla

To get your website online, you will need to upload your files (i.e. your website) to your hosted web space on our servers. To backup your site files you will need to download your files from our web servers. To accomplish both of these goals you will need to use FTP (File Transfer Protocol).  In a nutshell, FTP is used to transfer files between computers on a network.  In this case the computers are your PC and our server, and the network is the Internet.

There are a couple of ways you can transfer files over FTP, but in this article we're going to show you how to do it with the FileZilla FTP client.


FTP Clients


An FTP client is an application you can be installed on your computer to make it easy for you to move files from your computer to a web server (or the other way around).  The program makes this a pretty simple task; you'll essentially 'drag and drop' files from your computer to the remote server.

There are a lot of FTP clients out there, but in this article we'll recommend using the FileZilla FTP client.  It's full-featured, easy-to-use, and completely free to download.


Getting FileZilla


To download FileZilla, visit http://filezilla-project.org/ and click the "Download FileZilla Client" link for FileZilla Client.

Once you complete the straight forward download and installation process, open the application.


The Interface


In this article, we'll just be covering how to 'Quickconnect' so you can get your files on the server quickly and easily.

You'll see on the very top of the FileZilla Client, there are three fields you'll need to provide in order to 'Quickconnect' to your hosting space on our servers.  You will need your "Host," which is your domain name or your IP address (use your IP address if you're domain is not registered yet).  If you need help locating your IP address, click here. You will also need to provide your FTP username and password.  If you need help locating your FTP information, click here.




The middle area of the interface is split in half -- the left side shows the files on your PC, the right side will show the files on your hosted web space.




To transfer files from your computer to our hosted web space, you'll want to locate your website files on your computer on the left side of the FTP client, then drag and drop them to the right side of the FTP client.  You can also right-click on a file, then select the option to 'upload.'

To download files from your website to your computer, you can right-click the appropriate file or folder on the right of FTP client, then select the option to 'download.'

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