Web Tip how-to-upload-using-ftp-part6

Published on May 28th, 2013 | by Mark Ammay


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 is FTP? Without getting too technical, FTP means File Transfer Protocol, and you use that to transfer files back and forth to your website.

What You’ll Need:

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:

Did You Know? Technically, you don’t need an FTP client at all, if you know how to use Terminal or Windows Console Log. But let’s save that for another guide! If you’re new, I recommend using Cyerduck.

Step 1 – Download & Setup

  1. Download for Mac or Windows: http://cyberduck.ch/
  2. Click the + sign: Add a new connection.
  3. 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.
  4. Connect to Server: Connect or double click on your newly created server.
  5. 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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About the Author

Hey it's Mark Ammay. I'm a Web Developer with over 5 years of professional experience in the industry. I help individuals start their own website from scratch, as well as through WordPress. I'm also an Online Entrepreneur who blogs at www.MarkAmmay.com

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