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Reference Number: AA-04514 Created: 2012-12-16 20:50 Last Updated: 2012-12-16 20:50 0 Rating/ Voters

FTP Upload Using CuteFTP

The following instructions cover typical usage of CuteFTP. These instructions are only for individuals with a direct Internet connection, via modem or network. If you are behind a firewall or proxy server, the information below may not work. Consult your network administrator for more information.

Requirements:

  • domain_name.com = Use your own domain name.
  • 168.144.xxx.xxx = Use your own IP number (If your domain name is not pointing to our name servers yet)
  • username = Use your own username
  • password = Use your own password

Connecting to Your Web Site

  1. Start CuteFTP.
  2. Click on the File menu option and select Site Manager.
  3. Click on General FTP Sites and then click the New button in FTP Site Manager window.
  4. Complete the fields in the Site Settings window.
    • Label for Site - A method of identifying the connection. It will appear in the left most box of the connect window.
    • FTP Host Address - The domain_name.com * , for example: ftp.domain_name.com
    • User ID - Your administrator username.
    • Password - Your administrator password.
    • FTP Site connection port - leave as 21
  5. Click the Connect button.

Uploading Files to Your Web Site/Downloading Files from Your Web Site

  1. Connect to your website.
  2. The CuteFTP main window, which is used to transfer files to and from your Web site will display.
    • The left frame is your local files list.
    • The right frame is your Web server files list.
  3. Locate the files and/or folders that you wish to upload to your website.
  4. Select the files you wish to transfer.
  5. Click the upload button (Up arrow) in the menu bar. Depending on the speed of your connection and the sizes of the files you've selected, this can take a couple of seconds up to several minutes. Please wait until the Server Messages window tells you that it is done before performing any more commands.

There are many more options available in CuteFTP. See the software's documentation for more information about advanced options.

NOTE: The instructions above assume that software has been installed correctly on your system. When transferring files via FTP, do NOT overwrite or add any files to a folder with a "_" prefix like "_vti_scripts". These folders are used as part of the FrontPage Extensions. Modifying anything in those folders can corrupt the FrontPage Extensions.

FTP Upload Using DreamWeaver

The following instructions will cover typical usage of Dreamweaver. The instructions are only for individuals with a direct Internet connection, via modem or network. If you are behind a firewall or proxy server, the information below may not work. Consult your network administrator for more information.

Requirements:

  • domain_name.com = Use your own domain name.
  • 168.144.xxx.xxx = Use your own IP number (If your domain name is not pointing to our name servers yet)
  • username = Use your own username
  • password = Use your own password

Publishing to Your Web Site

  1. From the Site drop down menu, select Define Sites.
  2. Select Local Info.

    and fill in the following:
    • Site Name - A friendly method of identifying the connection.
    • Local Root Folder- Directory where the files are located on your local machine.
    • HTTP Address - This address enables the Link Checker to detect HTTP links that refer to your own site
    • Cache - The cache maintains file and asset information in the site. This speeds up the Asset panel, link management, and Site Map features.
  3. Select Remote Info. On the right you will see Access - Drop down to the connection protocol you are using. You want to use FTP.

    Then fill in the appropriate fields.
    • FTP Host - Enter your ftp.domain_name.com. You may need to use the IP address if the domain name has been recently activated or transferred to us as the web host.
    • Host Directory - Same as root directory. You can also leave this blank.
    • Login - Your administrator username.
    • Password - Your administrator password.
    • Click OK.
  4. Click on Site and scroll down to Connect

    After logging in from the "Site" window, which is used to transfer files to and from your Web site, the following will display:
    • The left frame represents the files and folders on your Web server.
    • The right frame is your local file list. This is the frame to which you will drag and drop the files on your local system.
    • You can transfer files to and from your Web server by simply selecting the files you want and dragging them to the appropriate location. So for example, if you wish to upload your entire website, you would select all the files in that folder on your local computer on the right window, and drag them all over to the root "/" of your Web server in the left window.

There are many more options available in Dreamweaver. See the software's documentation for more information on the advanced options.

NOTE: The instructions above assume that software has been installed correctly on your system.When transferring files via FTP, do NOT overwrite or add any files to a folder with a "_" prefix like "_vti_scripts". These folders are used as part of the FrontPage Extensions. Modifying anything in those folders can corrupt the FrontPage Extensions.

FTP Upload Using WS FTP LE

The following instructions cover typical usage of WS_FTP. The instructions are only for individuals with a direct Internet connection, via modem or network. If you are behind a firewall or proxy server, the information below may not work. Consult your network administrator for more information.

Requirements:

  • domain_name.com = Use your own domain name
  • 168.144.xxx.xxx = Use your own IP number (If your domain name is not pointing to our name servers yet)
  • username = Use your own username
  • password = Use your own password.

Connecting to Your Web Site

  1. Start WS_FTP. The session properties window will display.
  2. Complete the following fields:
    • Profile Name - A friendly method of identifying the connection. Once you create the profile, it will be available from the drop down list for future use
    • Host Address - Your FTP domain name*, for example: ftp.domain_name.com
    • User ID - Your administrator user name
    • Password - Your administrator password
  3. Check the Save Pwd box to save your password (optional).
  4. Click OK to save the configuration and log in to the account.

Uploading Files to Your Web Site

  1. Log in. The WS_FTP main window, which is used to transfer files to and from your Web site, will display the following:
    • The left frame is your local files list.
    • The right frame is your Web server files list.
  2. Set the correct transfer mode at the top. All Web page files must be uploaded in ASCII, while all programs must be uploaded in Binary. You can use the Auto checkbox to allow WS_FTP to determine the appropriate transfer mode, however, if you encounter any problems, you may want to select the transfer mode manually.
  3. You will automatically be placed in the root folder of your website on your Web server. You may need to navigate through your local files and folders on the left to locate the folder you've reserved for your website.
  4. To transfer or upload your website from your computer to our server, select all the files needed in the window on the left side. Then click on the button with the arrow pointing towards the right. This will begin the uploading process. Depending on the speed of your computer, this can take from a few seconds to several minutes. It will notify you when it has completed the uploading process in the Server Messages window.

NOTE: The instructions above assume that software has been installed correctly on your system. When transferring files via FTP, do NOT overwrite or add any files to a folder with a "_" prefix like "_vti_scripts". These folders are used as part of the FrontPage Extensions. Modifying anything in those folders can corrupt the FrontPage Extensions.

FTP Upload Using Web Browser

You don't need to have a special FTP client in order to connect to your site. You can use any browser, such as Internet Explorer or Netscape, to connect by FTP. You can connect by typing the following address in the Address field of your browser:

ftp://username:password@ftp.domain_name.com:21

Make sure to replace username, password, and domain_name.com with your actual account username, password and domain name.

When you are first connected, your root directory will be displayed. You can move to any other directory/folder by double clicking on the folder name. You can browse each folder and upload or download files simply by Dragging and Dropping to or from the browser window.

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