FTP Basics – WordPress Video Tutorial Transcription

FTP basicsFollowing is the transcription for the FTP Basics video tutorial.

Hi. This is Joel D Canfield with another Spinhead Web Design WordPress Video Tutorial.

I’m going to show you how to set up an FTP connection to your website so that you can transfer files back and forth. Sometimes even using WordPress you need to share files back and forth directly.

So starting from the Firefox browser, oh, look I’m using Firefox. Go to firefox.com. Go to their Add-Ons page. Search for fireftp, and that’s the add-on we’ll be using in Firefox. Add that to Firefox, it’s going to install itself and get you to restart Firefox. And then under Tools, you will have a button FireFTP on the menu.

We’ll launch that and now I have lots of sites set up here but here’s what we’re going to do. You’ll have nothing there but Create an Account. You need to have all this information handy to begin with. Call this anything you want. I’m going to call it Tutorials. Host – just put in your web address. Login is the username that came with your hosting account. Password is the FTP password for your hosting account. Let me know if you need to know what all of those things are.

Under the Connection tab, leave things alone there. You can always change stuff later. And Advanced, nothing there to change so tell it okay. Here we are, we click Connect, and I’m connected to my hosting account. I can come in here to the Spinhead site and upload an image, select on the left – these navigate just like in Windows Explorer or like the Finder on a Mac. You can either click the Upload button or just grab the file and drag it over. Oh look, that’s already there, we’ll Skip it for now. Move files back and forth however you want, grab a file and download it if you’d like to. And there it is. On a PC, you can right-click on a file, rename it, create a new directory, delete it. That’s the basics of FTP, getting files back and forth between your web server and your computer.

To see the full video, visit the WordPress Tutorial page and click on “FTP Basics”.

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