This article explains how to use FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to upload your Website documents to the Web Server. It also explains some advanced features like Secure FTP and on the fly compression that makes FTP secure and faster.
You may upload your website files using any FTP client software. Most web design software (Dream Weaver, Front Page etc.) has FTP publishing feature built in. You may also use a stand-alone FTP client software, or the Windows Explorer to upload files to the server.
If you do not have any FTP software yet, try FileZilla FTP client
which is free.
FTP ACCOUNT DETAILS:
The FTP server address, user name and password can be found in the welcome letter that is emailed to you when you signed up for a Hosting Package. You may also look it up in the control panel. Usually, if you have a website already hosted, the FTP server is available at ftp.yourdomain.com, and your FTP user name and password are the same as your control panel user name and password. However, there may be exceptions to this.
To find your FTP account details in the Hosting Control Panel, log in and select the Hosting Package, then click on 'Space Summary Information' on the right side panel, on the following page, scroll down and find the FTP accounts section.
FTP HOME DIRECTORY:
When using FTP to upload your files, it is important to specify the correct target folder. All FTP software will allow you specify the target folder for your files. In order to function properly, your files must be uploaded in 'yourdomain.com/wwroot' folder (replace yourdomain.com with your actual domain name).
For example, if your website domain is 'somewidgets.com', you need to upload all your files into:
The standard FTP protocol is not secure. All information, including your user name and password, are transferred over unsecure/plain text connection. This is a potential risk as your account information can be sniffed by a hacker along the way. If a malicious hacker gains control over your FTP account, they can download/delete any files in your website and cause it to stop functioning. Even worse, they can use your account to setup fake websites and use it to trick other people into giving out their personal and financial information. As the owner of your website space, it is your responsibility to protect your account credential against any abuse or illegal activities. Therefore our servers support an enhanced and secure version of the FTP protocol called FTP over SSL. It encrypts sensitive information using 124bit SSL before transferring over the Internet. We strongly recommend that you use FTP over SSL instead of normal FTP. You will need a client that is capable of FTP over SSL protocol. We recommend FileZilla (www.filezilla-project.org). When creating a connection with the FTP Server, select 'FTP over SSL Explicit (FTPES)' as the protocol in FileZilla connection manager. If you are using any other FTP client software capable of FTP over SSL, refer to the users manual for information on how to enable FTP over SSL.
USING COMPRESSION FOR FASTER DATA TRANSFER
Sineris FTP Servers also feature on the fly compression that makes FTP transfers much faster. Specially if you are transferring Text/HTML files, the file sizes can be automatically reduced to 10%-15% of their actual sizes and you may experience upto 10 times faster transfer. To take advantage of on the fly compression, you will need to enable this feature in your FTP client software. If you are using SmartFTP, you can enable compression in Tools->Settings->Transfer->Compression. The download & upload settings for compression should be set to 'Auto', so SmartFTP will use compression if the FTP server supports this feature.
ALTERNATIVES TO FTP:
There are several alternatives to FTP for uploading files to the Web Server. You may use the File Manager in the Hosting Control Panel to upload/download files. Frontpage users can also upload files directly using Frontpage server extensions.