FTP: How to upload files

Before you start

To use FTP, you need:

  • An FTP client (e.g. FileZilla, Dreamweaver)
  • To know your hosting account’s type. This way, you can use the right instructions for your type of hosting (e.g. cPanel, Plesk, etc.)
  • To make sure that account is set up (cPanel / Plesk / Web & Classic)
  • Your hosting account (FTP) hostname, username and password

This guide will help you find the information you need to use FTP with your website.

 Note: If you are using Managed WordPress, instead see our guide to using sFTP.

Find your FTP Settings

In order to use FTP with your hosting, you will need the following settings from your hosting account.

Setting What you need
Host Your hosted domain name or IP address (cPanel / Plesk / Web & Classic)
Password Reset your FTP password (cPanel / Plesk / Web & Classic)

Upload your website with FTP

Although we recommend FileZilla for FTP, there are many other programs and site-builders that use FTP as well. You can use these instructions to upload your site with FTP with the program of your choice.

FTP Method Instructions
FileZilla (recommended) FileZilla: FTP settings to upload your website
Dreamweaver Publish your website with Dreamweaver (CS4 / CS5 / CS6)
Adobe Muse Adobe Muse: How to publish a website
iWeb iWeb: Publish your website
Microsoft Expression Web Using Microsoft Expression Web 4 to Create and Upload Your Site

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