FTP stands for “file transfer protocol” and is a way for you to move files from one place to another. For example, an FTP program can move files from your computer to your website. Setting up your FTP program can be intimidating at first.
Below we’ve outlined the basic steps to follow to use an FTP program to move files.
First, you’ll need an FTP program to work with. One of the most popular FTP programs is FileZilla, which you can download for free at http://filezilla-project.org/download.php. We will be using FileZilla throughout this tutorial.
Begin by opening up FileZilla and logging in in the following information:
1. FTP Host
2. FTP Username
3. FTP Password
You can leave the “Port” field empty. When you’re done, click “Quickconnect.”
Next, you will see files and folders pop up in the windows on the right-hand side of the screen. If you did not log in successfully, you’ll see a message in the window on the right-hand side of the screen that says “Not connected to any server.”
Once you’re logged in you can begin using FileZilla to transfer files.
How Your FTP Program is Set Up
Your local directory, containing the files on your own computer, are shown on the left-hand side of the FTP program, while your remote directory, containing the files on your web server, or website, are shown on the right-hand side of your FTP program.
In order to transfer files, click on the file you want to transfer, hold your mouse button down, drag that file over to where you want to transfer it to, and release your mouse button once you have the file where you want it.
When you transfer files you’ll see some transfer messages appear in the box at the bottom of the screen.
Before you exit the program, you must wait until all of your files have finished transferring.