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How to Setup FTP with FileZilla

One of the most popular FTP programs is FileZilla. FileZilla is a free open source software you can download at the following link.

FileZilla Free Client download

You will need to download the Client version for whatever operating system you have. Once you install FileZilla, open the program. You will need to use your FTP credentials which are the same as the cPanel login credentials. If you need more general information on your FTP server settings, please see our Getting started FTP guide.

Once you have FileZilla installed and you have your login information, we can go over the steps to configure FileZilla. The following sections will explain how to connect using FileZilla with the Quick Connect and the Site manager.

FileZilla Quick connect setup

When setting up FileZilla, you can have different custom settings in the site manager that you cannot do in the Quick Connect. .

  1. Open up your FileZilla program.
  2. Quickconnect FileZillaEnter your FTP connection credentials in the Quick connect bar at the top of FileZilla.

    Important! Keep in mind each server has different connection settings. You will need to use the credentials for your cpanel in your AMP home in the "Technical details."

    The connection settings are as follows:
    - Host: example.com
    - Username: your cpanel username
    - Password: Your cpanel password
    - Port: 21

    Click the Quickconnect button.

    Failure error FileZillaIf the connection fails you will get an error similar to the image to the right.

    Failure:
    Response:  530 Login incorrect.
    Error:  Critical error
    Error:  Could not connect to serverSuccess

    If you get this failure, most likely either the username  and password are incorrect, or the host name you are  connecting with is not connecting to your server. If you have  trouble finding you username, password, and host, please  contact support and they will be able to point you to  them.

     Success connection FileZillaA  successfully connection will show the following.

    Success:
    Command:  MLSD
    Response:  150 Accepted data connection
    Response:  226-Options: -a -l 
    Response:  226 27 matches total
    Status:  Directory listing successful
  3.  History of FTP connections FileZillaYour  Quickconnect connection will be stored in the  history. You can check it by clicking the down arrow  next to the quickconnect button. See image to the right.

     File listing in FileZillaNavigate to  the bottom right window that says "Filename". You  should see your public_html folder where your site files go  in the list just like the image to the right.

    Now you can just drag your files into the  public_html folder to get your site uploaded.

FileZilla Site manager configuration

The Site Manager in FileZilla is another way  you can set up your FTP connection. The Connection is saved in  your FileZilla Site manager and can be restarted again at a later  date. The difference between the site manager and the  Quickconnect is the Site Manager has options for changing the  type of connections. The following steps will explain how to set  up FileZilla through the Site Manager.

  1. Open up your FileZilla program.
  2.  Site Manager in FileZillaOn the top  right, click the Site manager button
  3.  Create New Site FileZillaClick  "New Site" and give the site a name. 
  4.  Login Credentials for FleZillaFill  in your FTP connection information

    Important! Keep in mind each server has  different connection settings. You will need to use the  credentials for your cpanel in your AMP home in the  "Technical details."

    - Host: example.com
     - Protocol: FTP - File Transfer Protocol - Encryption: Use  Plain FTP
     - Login type: Normal
     - User: your cpanel username
     - Password: Your cpanel password
     - Account: blank
     - Comments blank

    Click OK.

  5.  Select your Site to connect in FileZillaNext, connect to your server by clicking the down arrow  next to the site manager button

    Click your site that you just created and  Filezilla will connect to your server.

     Suck sucsessful connection FileZillaYou should  see your server files load and the connection successful like  the graphic to the right. 

Choose files or drag and drop files
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  1. Andrew Lobel

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