How do I transfer files with FTP?

Before you can use FTP to transfer files to or from your computer, you'll need to set up an FTP tool by entering your FTP account settings.

Once your tool is set up, you can FTP files the same way you move files around on your computer!

1. Connect to your account.
To get started, use your FTP tool to connect to your Web Hosting account: After you enter your account information, click the "Connect," "Go," or similar button to activate a connection. (See your tool's documentation for detailed instructions.)

When you successfully connect, your tool will display the folders and files in your Web Hosting account (your remote site). Generally this display will look a lot like the files and folders on your computer (your local site).

Can't connect? See our troubleshooting tips.


The local site (1) and remote site (2) view in FileZilla

2. Open your folder.
Some FTP tools will also open a pane (usually on the left side) that displays your local site. If you don't see this pane, go ahead and open the folder on your computer desktop that contains the file you want to transfer with FTP. For easier viewing, you might want to move the folder next to your tool so you can see both sets of files and folders.

3. Transfer your file.
When you transfer a file with FTP, you create a copy of that file in the destination you choose. The easiest way to transfer the file is to drag it.

Upload
To transfer a file from your computer to your Web Hosting account, locate the file in the local site pane of your tool (or the local folder you opened in step 2) and click on it once. Now, holding down your mouse, drag the file to the pane displaying your remote site. Let go of your mouse over the folder into which you'd like to place a copy of the file.

Download
To transfer a file from your Web Hosting account to your computer, just reverse the process! Locate the file in your remote site. Click on the file once and, holding down your mouse, drag it to the pane or folder displaying your local site. Let go of your mouse over the folder into which you'd like to place a copy of the file.

Your FTP tool will usually indicate that the file transfer is taking place. When the transfer is complete, you'll see a copy of the file in the location you chose!

NOTE: As of February 19, 2013, Yahoo Small Business has completed the transition from supporting FTP to FTPS. To avoid any connection issues, please make sure you have updated your FTP client to use your FTPS settings.

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