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How to Upload Files Using FTP

If you’re trying to upload files to your website using FTP but can’t seem to find the specific guide to your preferred FTP client, don’t fret because we covered all the necessary details you need in this guide. We’ll look into how to upload files using the most common FTP clients available online such as FileZilla, WS_FTP, CuteFTP, and Cyberduck.

In addition, you’ll also learn how to upload files using other methods like Notepad++, Cyberduck (Mac), SmartFTP, and more. So, let’s begin!

But before getting into the steps on how to upload files using your FTP client, we have to establish first a connection to the server. If this is your first time using the application, then configuring the settings is a must.

However, if you’ve already established a connection before, then you may skip this step and proceed to uploading files using FTP.

Important: Please secure the following FTP login credentials to configure an FTP connection:

Hostname ftp.yourdomain.com
Username Hosting Username
Password Hosting Password
Port 21

Click on the links below to jump directly to the corresponding sections of this guide.

Once the connection to the server is successful, continue reading this guide to learn:

How to Configure FileZilla Connection

To set up your FTP connection using FileZilla, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Launch FileZilla application. Click on File at the top menu bar. Then, select the Site Manager option from the drop-down list.
Site Manager option set up connection using FileZilla FTP
Step 2. A Site Manager setup window will pop-up. At this point, you can enter your website information. There are two options:

  • New Site - Use this option to create data for your website
  • New Folder - Another option to create data for multiple websites and group them in one folder.

For this guide, we’ll use the New Site option.
Site Manager window connect web server using ftp login credentials
Step 3. Click the Rename button, and enter your preferred name for the site directory.
Step 4. Under General tab, enter your FTP login credentials.
Step 5. Click the Connect button.

Once connected, a “successful” status will be displayed as shown in the screenshot below.

Successful connection to a server using FileZilla FTP client

Now that the connection to your server is established, you’re now ready for the next step which is uploading files using FileZilla.

How to Configure WS_FTP Connection

To set up your FTP connection using WS_FTP, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Launch WS_FTP client and enter your Site Name. Then, click the Next button.
WS_FTP set up connection wizard window, enter site name
Step 2. Choose FTP from the drop-down list as the Connection Type. Then, click the Next button.
WS_FTP set up connection type
Step 3. In the Server Address box, enter your domain name and click Next.
WS_FTP set up Server Address information
Step 4. Enter your FTP username and password information and click the Next button.
WS_FTP FTP login credentials set up
Step 5. Select the Connect to this site option and click the Finish button.
WS_FTP finish setting up ftp server connection

Once this initial setup is established, click Connect to reconnect to your FTP and select your site name from the drop-down list.

WS_FTP reconnect steps

You’ve successfully connected your FTP server using WS_FTP, follow this link to start uploading files.

How to Configure CuteFTP Connection

To set up your FTP connection using CuteFTP, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Launch CuteFTP application.
Step 2. In the Host Address box, enter your domain name and your site name as a label for this connection.
CuteFTP Setup wizard host address and site name information
Step 3. Enter your FTP username and password, select Normal for the login type. Then, click the Next button.
CuteFTP Setup wizard FTP login credentials
Step 4. Locate the folder you want the files you want to transfer from to your FTP server, and click Next.
CuteFTP Setup wizard default local folder set up
Step 5. Click the Finish button to connect to your FTP server.
Finish CuteFTP Setup confirmation message

Once connected, you can see your website files on the right-side panel of the window. Follow this link, to learn how to upload files using CuteFTP.

Connected to a server window using CuteFTP

You’ve just successfully connected your FTP server using CuteFTP. If you wish to reconnect, simply go to the Site Manager tab, then double-click on the site name you wish to connect to.

Reconnect to server using CuteFTP

How to Configure Cyberduck Connection

To set up your FTP connection using Cyberduck, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Launch Cyberduck application.
Step 2. Click the Open Connection button at the top-left corner of the window and enter your FTP login credentials.
Set up wizard Cyberduck FTP window
Step 3. Click the Connect button.

You’ve successfully connected your FTP server Cyberduck. To start uploading files, follow this link to learn how.

How to Upload using FTP

1. How to Upload Files using FileZilla

Using FTP clients such as FileZilla is a convenient way to upload files so you don’t have to log in to your hosting manager every time. This also works well if you’re working with a team where multiple users need to connect and add files to your website simultaneously.

Follow the steps below to upload files using FileZilla.

Step 1. Connect your FTP server using FileZilla.
Step 2. On the left-side panel of the screen, locate the file in your local directory.
Local Directory files on FileZilla window
Step 3. Right click on the file(s) and choose Upload or simply drag it to the right-side panel, where your website files are located.
successful transfer file to remote server using FileZilla

Once successful, you should see the file added to your remote site files on the right-side panel as shown in the screenshot above.

2. How to Upload using WS_FTP

To upload files using WS FTP client, please follow the steps below. Make sure you have downloaded and installed WS_FTP client on your computer first, if not please download WS_FTP’s latest version on this link.

Now that the connection is established, you can start uploading files using WS_FTP. Here’s how:

Step 1. Connect to your FTP server using WS_FTP.
Step 2. Locate the file you want to upload from your directory on the right-side panel of the window.
locating files to upload from local directory using WS_FTP
Step 3. Click the Upload arrow button, and the file will show on the left-side panel once its uploaded successfully.
file successfully uploaded fle to remote server using WS_FTP

You’re all set! You’ve successfully uploaded a file using WS_FTP.

3. How to Upload Files using CuteFTP

Follow the steps below to start uploading files using CuteFTP:

Step 1. Connect your FTP with CuteFTP.
Step 2. To upload or download files you have these following options:

  • Transfer Arrows. Select a file to transfer and click the upload arrow button.

    upload arrow button on CuteFTP client
  • Drag and Drop. Click on a file, then drag and drop it to where you want to transfer it. Select multiple files by holding down the Ctrl key while selecting.
  • Copy and Paste. Right-click on a file to Copy. Then, right-click where you want to transfer the file and select Paste.

    You can see the progress status of the uploaded file at the bottom of the window.

    upload progress bar on CuteFTP client

You’ll see the uploaded file(s) on the right-side panel.

4. How to Upload Files using Cyberduck

Follow the steps below to upload files using Cyberduck:

Step 1. Connect your FTP server using Cyberduck.
Step 2. Click the Upload button.
upload button on cyberduck client
Step 3. Choose the file you want to upload from your local directory.
Step 4. A window will pop-up showing the progress of the file transfer.
transfer progress window on cyberduck

Once the transfer is complete, it will be added to the list of files in your remote server.

5. How to Upload Files Using Other Methods

There are still other FTP clients and other methods you can use to upload files to your server. Setting up a connection will have the same logic as the ones mentioned above. Here we have listed the alternative applications you can use to upload files to your server including their respective guides:

We recommend to set up a new FTP account if you’re working with a team and you need to simultaneously access/upload files to your web server. If you have any questions or if you need further assistance in setting up your FTP connection, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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