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HOW TO: Uploading your website with the FileZilla FTP client.
This guide gives you a short overview on how to use FileZilla. By default you don't have to configure FileZilla, so you can start directly working with the program. Filezilla is a free FTP program, which you can download for windows, unix and apple mac computers from http://filezilla-project.org/

Using the Quick Connect bar

To connect to our FTP server, enter the address of the server into the host field of the Quickconnect bar, eg ftp.yourdomain.co.nz (replace yourdomain.co.nz, with your own domain name). Use the default port 21 . Enter your username & password into the corresponding fields. Click on Quickconnect or press Enter to connect to the server.



Please notice that the Quick Connect is for... quick connections - so there is no way to edit the quick connections list which stores the last 10 entries. To store FTP server names you should use the Site Manager, instead.

Quick Connect is good for testing the login info before making a site manager entry. Once you connect, you can choose File -> "Copy current connection to Site Manager..." to make a permanent entry. It is usually best to check your login info with Quick Connect before making a permanent entry.


Using Site Manager

You can use the FileZilla Site Manager to specify specific site parameters and connect to the targeted FTP site. The Site Manager allows you to store entries and configure more parameters than the Quick Connect allows.


Navigating on the server

After a successful connection attempt, a list of files and folders appears on the right side of the main window. This is the remote server, which is where you upload your website. The current folder you are in, is listed in the edit field on the top. Below this, you will see the remote directory tree and below that, the contents of the current remote folder. There are three ways to change the folder. First, you can double-click a folder in the file list. Second, you can change the current folder by clicking a folder in the directory tree. Last but not least, you can always enter the folder name into the edit field and press enter. You will notice a folder called ".." displayed in virtually all directories. This folder allows you to go up to the parent directory of the current folder.

To upload your website, you must upload your website files (including your websites homepage index.html) into the correct folder on the remote server. For cPanel web hosting plans, please upload into the public_html folder. For Corporate and Business Class Hosting clients, please upload into the folder called yourdomain.co.nz (where yourdomain.co.mz is your own domain name). For all other hosting plans, please upload into the folder called 'htdocs'




Navigating on your machine

Navigating on your machine works almost like navigating on the server. The current local folder and the local directory tree are displayed on the left side of the main window by default.




Transferring files - Uploading & Downloading your website.

You can upload or download a file by double-clicking on it. It will be added to the transfer queue and the transfer starts automatically. To transfer folders and/or multiple files, select them and right-click the selection. Then you can click on Upload/Download in the popup menu.



You can also drag the files from one side and drop them on the other side. To add files to the queue so that they will be transferred later, select them and click Add to Queue from the popup menu. You may also drag the files directly into the queue. Click on the Image:Process-queue-button.png button on the toolbar to start the transfer.

Or, you can click on a file, then drag the file (a box is added to the arrow cursor) to the folder where you want to move it. The folder will be highlighted when you are over it. Let go of the mouse button and the file will be moved to the folder.



To upload your website, you must upload your website files (including your websites homepage index.html) into the correct folder on the remote server. For cPanel web hosting plans, please upload into the public_html folder. For Corporate and Business Class Hosting clients, please upload into the folder called yourdomain.co.nz (where yourdomain.co.mz is your own domain name)

If you see a file already called index... inside this folder, please delete this, and replace it with your own index... file. This index... file will become your websites homepage. It is very important that it is named index eg. in the form of index.html, index.htm, index.php, etc, otherwise the server will not be able to identify it as being your homepage.

Full information on how to use FileZilla can be found at http://wiki.filezilla-project.org/Main_Page


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