What is FTP?
FTP is a standard network protocol used to transfer computer files from one computer to another computer over a network, such as the Internet.
FTP is built on a client-server architecture, meaning for the transaction to work, one side needs to be a server accepting FTP connections and the other needs to be a client, that connects using FTP as it’s connection method.
In almost all cases, your computer will be the client and the server at servers Australia, where your website is hosted, will be the server.
How do I connect and upload/download files using it?
There are a couple of ways to connect using FTP.
By the Windows operating system:
- Open a new folder (for example, “my documents”).
- In the top address bar (where it has for example “C:\Users\username\Documents”), delete what is in there and put in ftp://yourwebsitename.com.au and press enter.
- You will see a screen pop up like the one below.
- Enter in the FTP details of the website you are going to in the username and password fields.
If you don’t remember your user credentials, please refer back to your welcome email that was sent to you when the account was created
- You are now logged into your website, where you can download, upload and make changes to the files of your site.
Filezilla is free popular 3rd party software that can be used to create and maintain FTP sessions.
- Download Filezilla FTP client for your particular operating system and install it- https://filezilla-project.org/
- Open Filezilla and put the host as yourwebsitename.com.au, the username as yourusername and your password.
If you don’t remember your user credentials, please refer back to your welcome email that was sent to you when the account was created.
- Click quick connect. You should now be connected to the website and the content of the site will be shown in the "remote site" window.
For further help and tutorials using filezilla, please visit https://wiki.filezilla-project.org