File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is the recommended way to transfer files to a host (FTP server) where your website files reside. Below is map of how the process works. The computer is where you (the designer/developer) connect to the server by going through the cloud (internet). FTP will decrease your time spent adding files to your host website. This will mean you can have your website up and running faster. Some web hosting sites will have a control panel where you can add extras, check your usage, and access FTP or a File Manager.

FTP Server Image

Transfer Files Using FTP:

1. Download an FTP client.

There are a few different FTP clients out there you can use to access your server. Here are some:

  1. Cyberduck
  2. Filezilla
  3. FireFTP
  4. Transmit

2. Connect your machine to your host server.

Launch your FTP client. Locate a login/connect button. Be sure to enter in the required info. Most Login/Connect screens will ask for:

  1. Your Server name (domain name or localhost)
  2. Username
  3. Password

3. Transfer Files.

Once you have established your connection with your hosting/server, (you will see a list of files pop up or see a confirmation box appear) you can then transfer files. Almost all the FTP clients will be as simple as clicking and dragging the file and dropping it into a folder on the server.