How to use Filezilla ?

Date: December 9th, 2011 | Category: Basic Helpful Tutorials

How to use Filezilla ?

Check your site before uploading your files to hosting server

How to connect to using FTP tool

How to upload site once connected

Check your site after file upload

If you are ready with your site or you want to download/upload any stuff in your hosting server using FTP tool then this tutorial will guide you the exact steps. Before you can upload any file to your site, you will need Hosting Package . Once you signup for the hosting service then you will get Welcome Mail which contains all the information including FTP details as well. It will be like this

1. Your FTP host name is ftp.example.com
Tip: You can use hostname.sibername.com as a host in the meantime until your domain request has been approved .

2. Your username is username
3. Your password is password
4. Your home page must be named index.html, index.htm, index.cgi, index.pgp etc
5. Please place all of your Internet files only in the www or public_html directory Anything you will upload under public_html or www folder it will apear as http://www.example.com .

Using the Quick Connect bar

To connect to an FTP server, enter the address of the server into the host field of the Quickconnect bar (i.e. example.com – see image below). If it is a special server type like an SFTP server, add the protocol in front of the address. In case of an SFTP server, start the address with ‘sftp://’ (i.e. sftp://example.com). Enter the port of the server into the port field if it is not the default port (21 for FTP, 22 for SFTP). If a username / password is required, enter it in the corresponding fields, otherwise the default anonymous logon will be used. Click on Quickconnect or press Enter to connect to the server.

Note : The passive mode is necessary if you dont have a real ip address and connects through a router or something.

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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.

Click the “File” menu followed by the “Site Manager” item on that menu. A dialog box will appear.

Click the “New Site” button on that dialog box. This creates a new item under “My FTP Sites” called “New FTP site”. Rename “My Site” to the name of your site if you wish. By default, the keyboard cursor would have been placed in the name portion of “New FTP site” allowing you to change the name immediately. If you have lost the cursor because you accidentally clicked somewhere else in the dialog box, you can get it back by simply clicking once on the name. Note that this name can be anything you wish – it is not required for accessing your site. However, you will probably make your life easier if you change the name to that of your site rather than the cryptic “New FTP site”.

Under the tab “General”, enter the name of your FTP server in the “Host” input box. For example, if your website is example.com then your FTP hostname is “ftp.example.com”, enter “ftp.example.com” into the space provided with Port “21” and Protocol “FTP-File Transfer Protocol” and Encryption “User Plain FTP” . Now in Logon Type “Normal” with Username and Password ( Your FTP username & password)

Navigating on the server

After a successful connection attempt, a list of files and directories appears on the right side of the main window. The name of the current remote directory is listed in the edit field on the top. Below that you will see the remote directory tree. Under the remote directory is a list of the contents of the current remote directory.

To change the current remote directory:

You will notice a directory called “..” listed in virtually all directories. Selecting this directory allows you to go up to the parent directory of the current directory.

Question marks (“?”) appear on directories you haven’t accessed yet, indicating that the FileZilla Client can’t tell if there are subdirectories within those directories. If you access the directory the question mark will vanish. Navigating-remote.png

Another Example Image :

Navigating on your machine

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

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Synchronized Browsing

If you have an identical directory structure on the local machine and the server, you can enable synchronized browsing. This means that any directory navigation on one machine is duplicated on the other.

To enable synchronized browsing, create an entry in the Site Manager, and on the Advanced tab, ensure that the Default local directory and the Default remote directory have the same structure. Then check “use synchronized browsing,” save your settings, and connect.

Directory Comparison

To quickly see differences between files on the local machine and the server, choose View > Directory Comparison, and choose either “compare file size” or “compare modification time.” (You also hide identical files by checking that option.) Then choose “Enable.”

You will now see color-coded differences between copies of the same file on the different machines.

Transferring files

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 directories and/or multiple files, select them and right-click the selection. Then you can click on Upload/Download in the popup menu.

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Another Example :

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 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 directory where you want to move it. The directory will be highlighted when you are over it. Let go of the mouse button and the file will be moved to the directory.

Transfer-drag.png 9.As FileZilla proceeds to upload your file to your site, you should be able to see the upload progress in the bottommost window pane in FileZilla. When the upload has completed, you can disconnect from your website. Do this by clicking the “Server” menu followed by the “Disconnect” item.

Congratulations! You have successfully uploaded a file to your website using an FTP client, FileZilla.

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