Published on May 28th, 2013 | by Mark Ammay0
How To Upload Using FTP-Part 6
So this brings us to the final part of our Introduction course to building a website from scratch. Let’s discuss how to upload using ftp, so that you can make your website live!
What You’ll Learn / Get:
- How to FTP
- A free FTP client (Cyberduck)
- Confidence in uploading files
Free FTP Clients
There’s a lot of different FTP clients, but my all-time favorite is Cyberduck (Mac and Windows). Previously, I was still using Dreamweaver’s FTP client (not free)!
Quickly, here’s a two more FTP clients to choose from:
- Filezilla (All Platforms) – This is good, I use it at work sometimes. The interface is a little boring, but who cares?
- FireFTP (All Platforms) – This is a Mozilla Firefox extension, and it’s simple and to the point.
Step 1 – Download & Setup
- Download for Mac or Windows: http://cyberduck.ch/
- Click the + sign: Add a new connection.
- Fill out Settings: You’ll need to put in your own Nickname, Server, and Username:
Nickname: This can be whatever you want.
Server: This is your website (www.something.com).
Username: This is your FTP username.
- Connect to Server: Connect or double click on your newly created server.
- Enter Password: If you need to reset your password, go into your Web Hosting service and reset it in your web shell or dashboard. For IX Web Hosting customers, log into your dashboard and manage your hosting. Then go to Account > and view your FTP Username and Password.
Step 2 – Upload Your file(s)
Now that you have connected to your server, it’s time to upload your file or files.
Locate the root of your website (Most likely you’ll see a folder with the name of your domain name), and open or double click that folder to enter it. This is the root of your website, and you can add your files here. You may structure it as you want:
This is what it would look like if you were uploading something (simly drag-and-drop your files into CyberDuck):
Step 3 – Visit Your Website
Go ahead and visit your URL, and navigate to the folder you want (unless you put your files inside the root of your website):
You’ll obviously see your own website, but this is an example of what I first saw in the beginning.
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