FileZilla is a FTP/SFTP client that allows you to transfer files between websites and your computer.
Basically is it a link between your server and web site. It is where you can update changes to your website (if you use certain programs ie. Dreamweaver) and also store important information/documents that you do not want to lose in case your computer crashes.
If you have a self-hosted website or blog Filezilla is a must have.
When I first started my businesses website I was very confused about how to set up Filezilla. All of the people I talked to and websites I visited where very technical and difficult for me to understand.
Below I have outlined some simple steps on how to install and set up Filezilla. Click on any picture to enlarge it.
Go to the Filezilla website and click on ‘Download Filezilla Client’
Choose the option that best reflects your computer/operating system. For my Windows 8 PC I chose the green button. Follow the instructions to download the program onto your computer.
Once you install Filezilla and open it your initial screen will look like this. Click on ‘File’ and then ‘Site Manager’.
Click on ‘New Site’.
In the inside box on the left hand side click on ‘New Site’/ It will highlight in blue. You can now customize your site name. I recommend using the name of your business or blog.
We can now start filling out the information on the right hand side of the inside box. From the top down;
Host – Enter your servers IP address
Protocol – Leave as FTP
Encryption – Leave as Use Plain FTP
Logon Type – Normal
User – Enter your username as given to you by your hosting provider (for example with cPanel).
Password – Enter your password which you use for your hosting provider (for example with cPanel).
If everything has been inputted correctly you will see the ‘Directory Listing Successful’ message under a bunch of green responses. If there has been an error the responses will be in red.
Congrats you have just installed Filezilla.