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#By using your cPanel, or whatever file manager is provided by your host.
 
#By using your cPanel, or whatever file manager is provided by your host.
#By using a FTP client. This guide will show you how to use [http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/ FileZilla].
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#By using an FTP or SFTP client. This guide will show you how to use [http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/ FileZilla].
   
Why use FileZilla? Because, like WordPress, it is released under the GPL. So, it is not just free, it is staying that way too. FileZilla is also a stable client that works on all flavors of Windows. Need an FTP client for your Mac? Try [http://fetchsoftworks.com/ Fetch], [http://rsug.itd.umich.edu/software/fugu/ Fugu], [http://www.rbrowser.com/RBrowserLite/RBrowserLite.html RBrowserLite], [http://panic.com/transmit/ Transmit], [http://www.crossftp.com/ CrossFTP] or [http://cyberduck.ch/ Cyberduck], which is free.
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FTP or "File Transfer Protocol" has been the most widely used transfer protocol for over thirty years, but it does not offer a secure connection. SFTP or "Secure File Transfer Protocol" transfers your files and your password over a secured connection, and should therefore be used instead of FTP whenever possible. Most hosting providers offer support for SFTP connections, though you may have to contact them to enable SFTP on your account.
   
The FileZilla project homepage is [http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/ http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/] and the download page is [http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla/ http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla/]. At the time of writing, the latest stable version is 2.2.10, and the download is 4.6 MB.
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Why use FileZilla? Because, like WordPress, it is released under the GPL. So, it is not just free, it is staying that way too. FileZilla is also a stable client that works on all flavors of Windows.
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Need an FTP or SFTP client for your Mac? Try [http://cyberduck.ch/ Cyberduck], which is also free and released under the GPL.
   
 
The following pages will show you how to setup and use Filezilla:
 
The following pages will show you how to setup and use Filezilla:
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Alternative FTP clients for Windows? Try [http://winscp.net WinSCP], [http://www.smartftp.com/ SmartFTP], [http://www.ftpclient.org/index.htm FTP commander], [http://www.coreftp.com/ CoreFTP], [http://www.crossftp.com/ CrossFTP] or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_FTP_clients Find more on Wikipedia].
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Want to try a different FTP or SFTP client? [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_FTP_clients Find more on Wikipedia].
 
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Revision as of 02:14, 26 May 2010

There are two ways of getting files onto your site, and once there, changing them.

  1. By using your cPanel, or whatever file manager is provided by your host.
  2. By using an FTP or SFTP client. This guide will show you how to use FileZilla.

FTP or "File Transfer Protocol" has been the most widely used transfer protocol for over thirty years, but it does not offer a secure connection. SFTP or "Secure File Transfer Protocol" transfers your files and your password over a secured connection, and should therefore be used instead of FTP whenever possible. Most hosting providers offer support for SFTP connections, though you may have to contact them to enable SFTP on your account.

Why use FileZilla? Because, like WordPress, it is released under the GPL. So, it is not just free, it is staying that way too. FileZilla is also a stable client that works on all flavors of Windows.

Need an FTP or SFTP client for your Mac? Try Cyberduck, which is also free and released under the GPL.

The following pages will show you how to setup and use Filezilla:

  1. Setting up FileZilla for Your Website
  2. How to Upload Files and Folders
  3. Setting Permissions
  4. Making Hidden Files Visible

Want to try a different FTP or SFTP client? Find more on Wikipedia.