If you ever had to manage yours or another person’s site, chances are you have used File Manager or a variant of it. What sucks about File Manager is that it doesn’t allow you to drag-and-drop or upload multiple files at a time. So that sweet site you created (if it has a lot of files) will take a while to upload. That’s where FileZilla comes in. FileZilla is a free File Transfer Protocol (FTP) solution that allows a user to have access all those files that are in File Manager right from their machine. You can see how cool FileZilla is already. From there you can add folders and multiple files. But when I first played with FileZilla, it was a pain to handle. So I thought I would help alleviate that same pain others go through by showing a step-by-step process to setup FileZilla.
This is how FileZilla looks like on OS X. The section named local site is your machine’s files and the remote site section is where your files will be from File Manager. Once you connect to your FTP account (I’ll explain this further below), you’ll see your server files populate this section. From there, you will be able to transfer the files with ease.
When you log into your site’s cpanel, look for a similar section like above, then look for FTP Accounts. You should then see a similar page like below. The most significant account here is the FTP Account, not the special accounts (although you should confirm that you do have special accounts).
Clicking on the Configure FTP Client should yield this:
The FTP account is the account you will use to connect to your server with FileZilla via Site Manager. Thus, all the vital information needed will be located here. On FileZilla, go to File, then Site Manager and you should see a screen like so:
If you don’t, you can just simply click on New Site. The only forms you will be entering in are the ones you saw above with the screenshot showing FTP username, FTP password and port (port 21 is the default). Leave everything else alone. From here it’s just simple entering the corresponding info. However, I think the part that gives people trouble is the password. Your password is your cPanel password. If you can’t get FileZilla to work, try changing your cPanel password from the cPanel page and then use that new password. If successful, you should have a populated Remote Site section:
You should be ready to start transferring files to get your site looking good in no time (or backing up other files). Send me your questions or comments if there are any.