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 Download Using WS_FTP
 

Uploading/Downloading Files to your web-site by FTP.

If you create your own Web pages (HTML and GIF files), or if you have other files that you wish to transfer from your computer to your web-site, you will need "FTP" software on your computer.

Such software often comes with the software given you by your Internet Service Provider (who you call to connect to the Internet). If you do not have an FTP program, we suggest that you visit http://www.ipswitch.com/ and download one of their programs.

There are many FTP programs out there.  The most commonly used is WS_FTP.  The instructions below include screenshots relating to WS_FTP.  Other FTP programs are comparable. 

Each different FTP software product operates somewhat differently, but they all provide a way for you to do the following (in order):

  • Set the name of the "host" computer. This will be "www.your-company-name.com" if you have a Virtual web-site, or "www2.siteleader.net" if you have a Basic web-site.

  • Set the "login" name. This is the web-site name assigned to you when you opened your web-site with SiteLeader. It is usually the same as your-company-name (without the www. or .com) if you have a Virtual web-site.
  • Set your "password". This is the "secret word" given to you by someone at SiteLeader when you opened your web-site.
  • Set ASCII mode if you are transferring an HTML file, or other file containing only ASCII text.
  • Set "binary" mode if you are transferring GIF files (images), executable programs (.exe files), or word processor files (.doc files from Microsoft Word, for example). Even though your document created with a word processor seems like it only contains text, you must still use "binary" mode. On a Macintosh, the term "raw data" is used instead of "binary".
  • "Connect" to the host computer

  • Change to another disk directory on the host (server) computer where files will be transferred.  (your root directory is "/www/htdocs/"- this is where "index.html" (your homepage) should be uploaded)

  • Change to another disk directory on your computer where files will be transferred.
  • Upload a file from your computer's disk to the host computer's disk, or download a file from the host computer to your computer's disk by selecting the files you wish to transfer and then dragging then into the server window.
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