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How Do I…Set up my FTP Client?

by Kate Hearity on January 26, 2011

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AFC, NFC, FG, TD, PAT, NYJ, PIT, CHI, GB, SBXLV… With Twitter’s growth and popularity, we have found ourselves in a world full of abbreviations- some are more well-known than others (I bet you didn’t have a hard time with that first bunch.  Sorry, it’s just that time of year!)  We’ll abbreviate just about anything to keep it under 140 characters these days!  How do you keep up with them all?  I recently found myself Googling a few just this past weekend.  (I also discovered that http://www.acronymfinder.com and http://www.abbrevations.com sure are helpful in researching quickly in those twittering moments when you feel like you should already know!)
What is going on ?

Anyway, here’s one you’ll hear about when you’re working with nsHosting packages:

File
Transfer
Protocol

Now that you know what the letters stand for, let’s try to understand what FTP is- in simple terms.  In my last post, we reviewed how to change your DNS and briefly mentioned that your hosting package is the place where all of the information and content that makes up your website is stored.  (To learn more about what hosting is, check out this great article in our Education Center: http://www.networksolutions.com/education/what-is-web-site-hosting/).  So after you’ve designed a website- or if your designer gave you a copy of your website- you need to get it onto your nsHosting package somehow so people on the Internet can see it!  File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a method you can use to move your website files from your computer (or that CD) onto your nsHosting package.

First Down: FTP Clients
There are lots of different tools you can use to FTP files to your nsHosting package.  These are called “FTP Clients” and some of the most popular/most common are listed below:

For Windows® users:

SmartFTP

FileZilla

For Macintosh® users:

Fetch

Support documentation for these programs is available online, so if you need help with the specific program, it’s just a few clicks away.  Ultimately, no matter which FTP client you choose, there is some common ground.  You’ll always need your FTP account information to configure your FTP client to connect to your nsHosting package:

  • Host Name/ Address: This can be either your domain name, such as ftp.yourdomain.com or an IP address
  • Username/UserID: This is your FTP username as assigned in the FTP Accounts section
  • Password: This is your FTP password as assigned in the FTP Accounts section

How Do I Do It?

You can access FTP information for your nsHosting package within Account Manager:

    1. Log into Account Manager
    2. Click on My Hosting Packages
    3. Scroll down and you’ll see FTP Server and FTP Login in the Manage Hosting Package section.  The FTP Server is the name of your nsHosting package.
    4. Next to FTP Login, the FTP Username is displayed.  The FTP Password is hidden, but click Show to the right of it and the password can be viewed!  (Your FTP Username and password are frequently referred to as an “FTP account”)

You may also click Manage FTP accounts in this section to edit, delete, or add new FTP accounts!

Once you’ve got your FTP information from Account Manager, you’ll be ready to enter it into your FTP Client.  Check your FTP Client’s Support information for specifics on where and how to enter this info!

Touchdown!
Now that you’ve configured your FTP Client, you’re ready to begin moving your website files up to your nsHosting package!  We’re all about helping you learn more here at Network Solutions, so here are some links to articles and demo videos related to FTP from our Online Support Center:

And with that, the game clock has run out on another edition of the “How Do I…?” Series.  Please let me know what you think!  This series is your place to learn more about support topics and get step by step instructions to some of the most commonly performed tasks associated with your Network Solutions services!  How can we help to make your day a little easier?  Please comment below, connect with us on Facebook, or tweet @netsolcares with #nsHowTo.

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