Configuring and using FileZilla to upload files to the web is a relatively straightforward process. With the program installed you need only configure the access to your web site once and that will provide you with a two click connect to be able to connect to your site each time you need to use the program. If you have multiple sites you can set them all up to be able to select which one to connect to with just two mouse clicks.

The first step in configuring an FTP connection is to Select the Site Manager option from the File menu.

file/site manager

This will open the Site Manager to allow you to set up a new site that you want to be able to connect to.

site manager dialog

The next step is to press the New Site button and give the connection you are creating a name. The information on the site to connect to then needs to be entered into the Host field on the right along with the User and Password that you will use to connect to that site.

If you then change to the Advanced tab you can specify both the Default local directory and the Default remote directory that are to display in the program when this connection is first opened. In most cases those are the only values you need to enter to configure the connection and it should work with everything else set to its default value. You should only change the other values where you know that a different setting from the default is required.

Another way to access the Site Manager is using the button immediately below the File option on the menu. That will open the site manager with one click rather than two.

The small downward pointing triangle immediately to the right of that button is how you connect to your sites. Press that and a list of the connections you have configured will open and you simply select the one you want from that list. For most people that list will only have the one entry and so opening your connection will be extremely simple.

The area at the top of the program immediately under that toolbar lists all of the commands and responses that the program is sending and receiving. You will not really need to worry about what displays there unless you have problems. The area below that is in two columns with the left column showing the local folder location and file list and the right column showing the remote folder and file lists from your site. To upload files you can either drag them from the one list to the other or right click and select the action to be preformed from the menu.

The area at the bottom of the program displays information about the progress of the file uploads.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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