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This tutorial only deals with how you can transfer a file to your web server using a free FTP client known as FileZilla.
Once you have downloaded the program, you will have to install it by doubleclick the file that you have just
downloaded. Follow the instructions to install it to your hard drive.
Click the "New Site" button on that dialog box. This creates a new item under "My FTP Sites" called "New FTP site". Rename
"New FTP 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 into the space provided.
Leave the "Port" and the "Servertype" entry boxes alone. Use your mouse and select "Normal" from the drop down list box for
"Logontype". This will enable the "User" and "Password" boxes for the next step.
Enter your user id into the "User" input box. Likewise, enter your password
into the "Password" input box. Note that this information is automatically saved onto your computer and will be re-used the next time
you run FileZilla, so you do not have to re-enter them again. (It also means that you should not use FileZilla in this way on computers
that others may have access to, such as those found in an Internet cafe or a public library.)
Click the "Connect" button. FileZilla will proceed to log you into your server. If it is successful, you will see a directory listing
of your website's account in the right hand side of the FileZilla window. The left hand side of the FileZilla window
shows the directories and files on your own computer.
Upload your files to the "www" or "public_html"
directory, change to that directory by doubleclicking its name in the folder portion of the right window pane (the "Remote Site" window pane).
FileZilla will open that folder and show you its contents in the files portion of the Remote Site window pane.
Next, locate the file that you wish to upload in the left window pane (the "Local Site" pane). Both window panes behave mostly like
a Windows Explorer windows, so navigating them should not be unduly hard. Once you have located the files you wish to
upload doubleclick it to upload it to your website. Alternatively, you can drag your files or directory from the
left window pane to the right window pane. The file will be uploaded to the folder that is currently open on the right window pane,
so make sure you have changed to the directory you want before dragging the file there.
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.