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Filezilla – Free FTP Software – Tutorial

If you’re going to be doing anything online with web servers, you need to know how to use FTP software to transfer files between your computer and your web server.

Filezilla is free FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program which is fairly simple to operate because it uses a “drag and drop” approach to transfer files.

This video explains how to find, download, install and use FileZilla.

Duration: 7 min 15 secs – File size: 7.5 MB (opens in new window)

Video Summary:

  • This video outlines how to locate, download and install Filezilla, a free FTP client for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X 10.5+
  • Get familiar with the function of each of the main windows – server messages, your HD navigation, remote server navigation, and transfer messages.
  • File / Site Manager – enter and save the FTP login details for your domain name – usually the same username and password as for your cPanel login.
  • Once you connect to your server, you should be in the top most directory of the server in the right hand window.
  • Double-Click on the public_html folder to go to your main (root) directory. It is from this directory that your web pages are served.
  • To transfer files and folders from your computer to your server, simply click on the file/folder in the left hand window (your computer), hold the mouse down, and then drag the file/folder over to the right hand (server) window, and then release the mouse button to start the upload (transfer).
  • The bottom window outlines the progress of all the files being transferred.
  • While you are here… locate your WordPress directory (if installed in its own directory) and double click on it.
  • Now double click on the wp-content folder – you’ll see plugins and themes. It is into these two folders that you will transfer your plugins and themes from your hard drive to activate them in WordPress.


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