FTP Upload: How do I upload my files using FTP in a browser?
The following article explains how to FTP upload your website to our servers through a web browser. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and is a method of secure communication between your computer and a web server. Most graphical operating systems have a browser installed by default. The basic idea is to first establish a connection with our server and your computer and then FTP upload the files. This will transfer your website files to our servers so that others can view your site on the internet.
To FTP upload your files using a browser, please follow these steps:
- Open your web browser and enter ftp://firstname.lastname@example.org in the address bar.
- When prompted, enter the password for the account.
Once you successfully login you will see a listing of the files in your website on our server.
You can now drag files from your local computer into this folder to FTP upload files to our server or drag files from this folder to your local computer to download files off your website.
Note: in order for your site to show up when you type in your domain name or IP address into a web browser, the first page or the home page must be named one of these file names:
- index.html (standard HTML extension)
- index.htm (standard HTML extension)
- index.shtml or shtm (standard SSI extension, used with server side includes)
- index.asp (standard “active server page extension)
- default.html (standard HTML extension)
- default.htm (standard HTML extension)
- default.shtml or shtm (standard SSI extension, used with server side includes)
- default.asp (standard “active server page extension)
If you require a different home page name (called a “default document”), you can update it through the Control Panel or we can accommodate your needs. Please let us know what name you require. In most cases it is easier to rename your home page to one of the documents above. Please note that some file names (such as .asp and .shtml) are reserved for specific types of web applications. If you are unsure of which file extension to use, you can probably safely use .htm or .html.
Also, these documents carry an “order of precedence” as they are listed above. For example, if you have both an index.html file and a default.html file, the index.html file will show up when viewing your site with the domain name or IP address.
If you still cannot view your site please contact HostMySite Support for assistance.