How to Set Up an FTP Account with Filezilla

7. Open Filezilla and hover over File, then click Site Manager…

Filezilla Configuration

8. Click on New Site to create a new connection with Site5 (or other host of your choice).

Create a New Connection

9. Here you will configure your new connection. (1) is the name for the connection. It can be anything your heart desires. Pick a name you will remember such as the name of your site. (2) is the IP address of your server. This is included in the welcome email, that your host sends you when you sign up with them. If you don’t have the email you can use this site to find out the IP. (3) This is always 21. (4) Change the Logon Type to normal. (5) Type in the username here. If you’re hosting with Site5, don’t forget to add your domain, for example if you picked “evilteddy” earlier when we were configuring your account in cpanel, your username should be (6) Type in the password you set earlier on Site 5 (or other host). (7) Hit connect! And there you go!

Configuring Connection Part II

10. If you did everything as you should, you will see “Directory Listing Successful” in the yellow colored region (colored yellow in the image below not the program itself). This is the connection status area that will give you information on the status of your current connection to the host. The blue area is the “Windows Explorer” for your local computer. The red one is the Explorer for the host. You can drag files, copy them and paste them from your computer to the host like you would do normally between different folders in Windows Explorer. Of course, transferring the files will take a little longer than doing the same operation between different folders or disks on your local computer. That’s because you will need to upload them to a remote machine. The green area shows the status of the file transfers.

Connection with FilezillaTake note that since you’re on a shared server, you will not have access to the root of the host’s computer, but only to your own folders hosted on the machine. You should see many directories and quite a few files. These belong to the programs provided by the host, such as those that manage your email, the cpanel itself, the one click installer that install applications such as WordPress with the touch of a button, etc. You shouldn’t mess with any of these. The only thing you should be concerned with is the public_html folder, which is the one single folder storing all of your websites. For example, if you’re using WordPress, by navigating to the folder wp-content -> Uploads in public_html, you should find all the images and media content that you use with your WordPress site. If you change one of your images – for example should you notice that you forgot to compress one or you have a newer version of another – you can just drag the new image (with the same name) from your local folder to the appropriate sub folder in that location and you will be asked if you want to overwrite the file. Say “yes” and the old image will be automatically replaced with the new one. This is just one way in which ftp can help us speed up our blogging tasks. There’s an infinite number of uses for ftp actually. Many more tutorials will be coming shortly.

Note: every time you restart Filezilla you will need to connect again to the host by going to File – > Site Manager.., clicking on the connection you want to establish and then clicking on “Connect”.

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