FTP simply means “File Transfer Protocol”, and is used to upload and transfer files from your computer to your hosting account and viz, by mere method of dragging and dropping files from one panel of an FTP client or app to the other panel. FTP Clients can come in handy in times of poor connection or when you just wanna make some changes to some specific files or pages.
This post however is geared to explain how to use the popular client FileZilla to initiate or facilitate FTP in order to transfer files to your website. You can download FileZilla from http://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client. After downloading and installing FileZilla, you can open up the client to connect to your hosting server.
To connect to your hosting server using FileZilla, follow the steps outlined below:
==> In the Host field at the top of the client, enter your domain name (without www and http). E.g. nerdy.com.ng.
==> In the username field, enter your cpanel (hosting plan) username.
==> Meaning you also get to enter your cpanel password in the password field.
==> The port however may be slightly challenging. In most cases, entering 21 should work. But if it doesn’t work, you can try 2083. If neither works, then you might have to find out that of your hosting registrar to use.
==> After filling the host, username, password, and port fields, click on “Quickconnect” to prompt FileZilla to attempt establishing connection to your server.
There are two panels or sections just below. The left panel is tagged “Local Site” while the right is a faint “Remote site”. The “Local Site” contains file and folders on your computer, while the “Remote Site” will become bold and show files and folders on your hosting server after successfully accessing your site. You can now transfer files from one panel to the other.
Navigate through the folders or directories on your computer or your web hosting account. Go to the sub-panels below to access sub-folders and files. Right click on them to Open, View/Edit, Upload, Download, Delete, etc.
File transfer progress or status are usually displayed just below the right and left panels, showing counts as Queued files, Failed transfers and Successful transfers.