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How to Connect via FTP

FTP iconFTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and is the most widely accepted method for uploading files to a web server. All web hosting companies offer FTP service, but there may be slight differences in how you connect to them. To begin, you will need an FTP client, such as Filezilla, a free and open source, cross-platform FTP program.

To begin, choose to create a new connection. For the “hostname” enter your domain name without the “www” or use the IP address given to you by your web host. You can normally leave “port” as is unless your hosting provider gave you a port other than the default (21). The username will be whatever your host assigned. It could be use a name or your entire email address (particularly if it is a shared hosting account). If you are not sure, contact your host. Next, enter your password.

You should then be able to click “connect” and have no problems getting logged in. If you cannot, the first thing to check is your password and then username. If those are both correct, contact your web host to make sure you have the right information. If you have your own dedicated server, you may need to configure your FTP server before you can connect to it. You can do this in your web-based control panel or through SSH.

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