Using FTP For Your Website Navigation

Updating your website with new content is an ongoing job and it is also the key in making a website successful because the constant update of useful information will make your visitors return more often creating a deeper connection every time they fell that your information has helped them. This will increase your website’s search engine ranking and therefore making your website more popular. Then, you can monetize your website when the time is right. However, updating the contents onto your website can be a tedious job if you are doing it one at a time manually by using your control panel. A more effective way of doing this is by using the FTP client. It enables users to upload and download files from your web server and the best thing is that you can automate the process.

One FTP client that i would recommend is the Filezilla. If you haven’t got any, you can download it. It is free and easy to use. Once you have installed it, run it and you will be able to see a user interface that separates into 4 different columns. Each of the columns represents the location of files located in your local computer and also the web server. On the left will be the one representing your hard drive while the one on the right will be the web server. You will be able to see clearly the files that are in each area. They even show it collapsible folders to make things easy for you to search and save space on the screen. It is not a complicated thing to use once you explore it a little bit.

In order for you to view the files located in your web server, you need to make a connection with it. To do this, you need to setup a FTP account in your hosting account. This can be done in the control panel. Once it is created, you will be given a login name and password which you need to use it for the FTP software. After you logged in, all the file locate in your web server will appear in the right column of the interface. Most people will get confused with this because they don’t know which files are from where. It is basically 2 locations like you have in a normal computer. One is hard drive A and the other one is B. A is you computer hard drive while B is the web server. That’s all to it.

So, the next step is to know where you can locate the file for your website. In order to do that, you will have to find the folder that says public_HTML. This is where the files usually are. If you have more than one website in that hosting account, there will be different directories for it but all will be in this public_HTML folder. It will usually display the name of the domain but if it doesn’t it might be ‘www’ like for my case. So, to upload a file onto this folder, all you need to do is to point your mouse on the file that you would like to upload at the column of your hard drive, right click and select the upload option. Then you will be able to see the process of the file being uploaded. Once the process is completed, you files re successfully uploaded. It is as simple as that. Learning to use the FTP client effectively will be very good for managing your content in your website. it is something that all webmasters should know and should learn.