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How to Setup wsFTP

This tutorial will guide you step by step through configuring WS_FTP to exchange files between your computer and your Server101 web site. For this exercise , you'll need to be online and you should have WS_FTPLE or WS_FTP downloaded and installed.

1/ Open WS_FTP and create a Session Profile

Once you open WS_FTP, you should see the "Session Properties" screen (or click the "Connect" button to display):

Session Properties

a. You'll need to enter the following settings in your Session Profile:

    Profile Name: My web Site (you get to choose a description)
    Host Name: userID.server101.com
    Host Type: Unix (standard)
    User ID: Insert your Server101 MemberName here.
    Password: Insert your hosting password here.
    PASV/Passive Mode: Must be turned on or checked

b. You may choose to check the box marked "Save Pwd" so that you don't have to enter it each time you log in with WS_FTP.

c. Make sure that the Anonymous box is unchecked.

d. Do NOT enter any other information beyond this point. There is no need to enter a directory name; the above settings will automatically place you in your base directory.

e. When you are finished entering these settings, click on the OK button, and you will be connected to your Server101's server.

2/ Transferring Files

When logged into your Server101 web site, the WS_FTP screen should look like this:


The left hand window displays the directories and files on your local hard drive, and the right hand window displays the directories and files on your Server101 web site. To transfer files from one window to the other, simply click once on the file you wish to transfer, then click once on the arrow between the two windows, which points in the direction that you wish to transfer the file to.

3/ Ending Your FTP Session

To disconnect from your Sever101 web site, click on the Close or Exit buttons at the bottom of the screen. The next time you want to re-connect to Server101 with WS_FTP, your session profile will be saved for you. Simply make sure you select the Server101 profile, and choose connect.

4/ Viewing Your Web Page

To view the page you just uploaded, use the following URL in your web browser:
http://membername.server101.com/filename (available about an hour after joining)

  • Substitute MemberName with your server101.com hosting account name.
  • Substitute filename with the name that you gave your file.
    (If you named your file index.html, then you only need to enter the URL as follows: http://membername.server101.com

Tips & Suggestions

1. Directly below the local and remote windows, you'll notice three buttons labeled ASCII, Binary and Auto. For best results:

  • Image files such as gif or jpeg should be uploaded in Binary mode.
  • We recommend all html files be uploaded in ASCII mode.
  • To avoid problems with selecting the correct file type, you may wish to leave the "Auto" box checked at all times.
2. HTML Filenames are case sensitive.
  • We recommend you upload your files in lowercase only.
  • When you write your html files, be sure and refer to any image or other html files in lowercase also. Your HTML and actual filenames must match exactly, in order for your page to display correctly.
3. MemberNames and Passwords are case sensitive
  • Remember that your User ID and Password are case sensitive and you must enter them exactly as shown on your Welcome email. For eg. if your membername is "joe", entering JOE will not work. This also applies to your password, and the names of any files you upload. All are case sensitive.

Additional Features

WS_FTP also allows you to create new directories, delete directories, as well as delete and rename files. These features are available by choosing the buttons to the right of the Remote System window.

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