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Beginner's Guide To FTP And Uploading

Beginner's Guide To FTP And Uploading

If you're interested in setting up your own website, you'll need to upload files to your hosting company. This film explains what uploading and FTP are, and how to do it.

Your website's files aren't hosted on your computer; they're hosted on a server which is probably miles away from you.

You need to get your website's files up to the server in order for your website to go live.

This is done by ftp, which stands for “File Transfer Protocol”. Through the control panel at your hosting company's website, you can set up an ftp address associated with your account; ftp.videojug.com, for example. You can't have that one, obviously. That's ours.

Think of ftp as being like another disk on your computer which you can copy files to and from. If you boot up Internet Explorer, and type ftp.whateveryourwebsitescalled.com into the address bar, you'll be prompted for your username and password. At this point, you'll be able to see the files just as though you're looking at them through Windows Explorer.

By logging into ftp, you can begin copying across files from your hard drive as you would any other drive.

It can be a bit clunky and slow, and you're not given any information on what's going on.

This is where programs like FileZilla come in. It's a free bit of software through which you can log into your ftp with ease, and select which files you want to upload. They then go whizzing up through The Internet tubes into the server.

It's all a lot clearer and easier to manage, with files on your hard disc on the left, and files on the server on the right.

One rule to uploading files; you always make a slippy-boo-boo at some point, so don't forget to backup anything important before you charge in and start deleting or overwriting things.