How to FTP a File to Your Hosting Account

Today’s blog post is an answer to a recent question, “Can you do a tutorial on using FTP or show how to put a document for download on the server?”

So I created a video to show you how to use a program called FileZilla that allows you to copy a file from your computer over to your hosting account so you can make it available to subscribers as a download.

If you don’t care for video, there are text instructions and a download file listed below.

Watch the Video:


Download FileZilla

Go to the FileZilla website. When you click the icon to download the program, it will take you over to the website.

A box will pop up asking you where to you want save the file on your computer. Save it to a directory you can easily find later and then click the “Save button.”

  • Double click on this icon to start the extraction process. During the installation, you will be asked if you want to install two other (non-related) programs. Hit the “Decline” button on each of those files.
  • Accept the default installation directory, and the name it wants to place on your system menu.
  • After installation completes, click your “Start” button. Locate the FileZilla program on the menu and click it to start the program.

Step #1: Start the Site Manager

Go up to the File Menu, click “File” and choose “Site Manager.” To connect to your hosting server, you will need to add a new site name to your manager.

Step #2: Create a Site Name

  1. Click on the “New Site” button and enter the name of your website.
  2. Add your domain name minus the http://www part in the “Host” field.
  3. Change “Login Type” to Normal.
  4. Add your “User” and “Password” information.
  5. Click the “Connect” button to connect to your hosting account.

After entering your domain information and clicking the connect button, you should see a split screen. The left part of the screen shows the files on your computer and the right part of the split screen shows your hosting account.

Step #3: Copy a File from Your Computer

Before copying any files, you want to double click on the “www” directory listing on your hosting account so you copy files to the correct location on your server:

  • Switch to the hosting directory you want to copy a file to.
  • Choose a file on the left side of the split screen, from your computer files.
  • Right click the file name with your mouse and choose “Upload.”

This will copy the file from your computer to your hosting account. You should be able to see the file on the hosting server. That’s all there is to it! If you need any further assistance, please let me know!

Download the FTP Instructions

Do you work better with visuals? Download the FTP report for pictures.

How comfortable are working with FTP files? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Thanks for reading,
– Bonnie

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About Bonnie Gean

Bonnie is a full-time writer and marketer with over 20-years of experience as an entrepreneur. She loves helping people overcome the technical challenges associated with an online business. Need a step-by-step tutorial? Simply ASK her and she'll help you too.

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  1. Thanks for this tutorial, Bonnie.

    FTP’ing has always frightened me. Using your tutorial, I painlessly transferred some files. Yee-ha!!!

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  2. Thanks Bonnie – it really is easy to use, even I manage it! However I have learnt (the hard way) to check the destination folder to make sure that you put the files to the correct website ……….
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  3. I love FileZilla! I had to use it a few times back when I offered web design services. It really is an awesome program.

  4. I’ve used FileZilla a number of times, but not lately. Thanks for the update!
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  5. pixie allen says:

    this is something ive been wondering too, so it must be divine timing or something for me lol excellent post thank you x

  6. I love Filezilla. I use this program almost everyday. The best part of it is that it’s free. Thank you for sharing! :-)

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