FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a standard web protocol that helps to transfer files between computers. Using it you can access folders of another computer or server to exchange, upload and download files.
To get access to your WordPress website server you would need FTP Client. One of the best is FileZilla FTP/SFTP client. It is fully free and compatible with all OS. Using FileZilla you can manage your WordPress website files, images, installed plugins, view plugin logs, etc.
So, let’s see how to create connection to wordpress website server to reach plugins and files. It will take maximum 10 min of your time.
First of all, you have to download FileZilla Client at you computer.
Once it is downloaded and installed we move to a second step – to create connection to server.
Make sure that you have data from your FTP account on your server:
– your website ftp address OR your IP address. If your URL is http://mysite.com then usually the ftp address will be ftp://mysite.com;
– your ftp username;
– your ftp password.
If you do not have FTP account on server, you can create it using your cPanel or website administration tool that will contain all necessary information or ask your host to assist you concerning an FTP account for your use to access your webspace.
If you have all the data, make the following steps.
1. Launch FileZilla and in the top left corner click on File –> Site Manager
2. In dropped menu click New Site and give a name to your website (e.g. My dream site).
3. Type your Host address.Host is the same as FTP server information provided to you when you create FTP account on your webserver.For instance, FTP server is ftp.mysite.com, so that what you have to type for Host address.
4. You can leave Port field empty. There will be used a default 21.
5. For Protocol choose – File Transfer Protocol.
6. For Logon Type choose – Normal
7. Give the Username. This is the name you were given in FTP Settings. It can have the structure of just a name or email address.
8. Type your password. This is the one given in FTP settings.
9. Enable Passive Mode: Click on Transfer Settings and under Transfer mode, select Passive.
10. Move down the window, click Connect and accept certificate.
11. After you are connected you will see folders and files related to your wordpress website like wp-admin, wp-content, etc on the right side.
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