You’ve just finished your new corporate website on a demo server and everything looks amazing. Now it’s time to transfer your site to its live environment, on your custom domain name. Today we’re going to have a step-by-step look at how you can upload your new site via FTP or file transfer protocol.
Before You Begin
Before you start the process, make sure you have the following information at hand: your FTP hostname, your FTP username and password.
Always ensure that you upload any website files and folders to the /public_html directory, or remote directory.
Ensure that your homepage is named index.html.
Filezilla is a reputable FTP client that we will use to explain this process, because it is simple to use and free to download. You can, of course, use any FTP client that you are comfortable with.
Once you have opened Filezilla it’s time to connect to an FTP server.
To do this type in the server’s address into the Host field section of the Quickconnect bar at the top of the FTP client.
Then type in the server port into the Port field if it is not the default port (the default is 21 for FTP connections).
Type the username and password into the corresponding fields and then hit the enter button to connect to the server.
Working With The Server
If your connection has been successful you will see a list of folders and files open up on the right hand side panel. The name of the folder will be visible in the edit field at the top.
If you need to change the current folder you can double click on the folder, or type in your desired folder name into the edit field and hit enter. Or, you can right click on the file and folder list. Then click open.
The “..” folder is shown in all the directories, and enables you to navigate to the parent directory of the folder in question.
Working With Your Local Machine
Navigating your way through your machine works in the same way as if you were navigating on the server, but there is one improvement. The folders on your machine are arranged in a hierarchy or tree to make it easier for you to navigate through.
Transferring Website Files From Your Machine To Your Server
Inside your FTP client you can download or upload files by double clicking on them. Once you have double clicked a file or folder, it is moved into the transfer