Every day we deal with transfer of website files (to and fro) from the hosting server. This can be done very easily from FileZilla software. FileZilla is not only a free software, but is also available for multiple platforms including Windows, Mac OS X & Linux.
FTP Client Software works on FTP protocol (File Transfer Protocol), using this protocol the FTP client software can upload and download files to and from the website hosting server.
FileZilla is a FTP Client Software through which you can update your website files on the server, anytime and whenever you like. It is the Best Free FTP Client used by millions of website owners to update their website codes, images and other files. You can download and install it from here
To connect with your hosting server with FileZilla Client, you need to have an FTP account. FTP account can be added from FTP Accounts icon in cPanel.
After clicking the FTP Accounts icon, a new page will open where you give FTP account login and password credentials. In the directory field put public_html then Click the Create FTP Account button.
Now open your FileZilla Client Software and put your FTP account credentials.
Host: Host will be your domain name (example.com) or hosting IP Address (provided in cPanel).
Username: Username of your FTP account.
Password: Password of your FTP account.
Once you have entered these details, press quickconnect button to establish connection. Now you are ready to transfer files.
Once you are connect with your hosting server, Filezilla will start showing the hosting server files and folders under Remote site heading (on the right side). Similarly on the left side, under heading Local site, it will show your local computer files.
Steps to upload the files and folders –
Steps to download files and folders –
FileZilla allows file editing easier and much faster than other methods. The files like HTML, text, XML, PHP, JS etc can be opened, in a text editor like notepad. Just right click on the file and select View/Edit option. It will open in your text editor, do all the changes in it and in the end press Ctrl + S keys to save it back to the server.
To set notepad as a default text editor –
Although FileZilla is a Free FTP Client software yet it has all the necessary features you need. It is the reason why it ranks first in Best Free FTP Client software list. Some of its important settings are given below –
Simultaneous File Transfers & Speed Limits
Control the no of Simultaneous file transfers and upload/download speed limits from Edit > Settings > Transfers.
Select your desired theme from Edit > Settings > Interface > Themes.
From Edit > Settings > Connection > FTP
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