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How to upload / delete files via Ftp ?

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Written by Rachit Singh

ftp file transfer protocolFtp stands for File Transfer Protocol it is a standard network protocol used to transfer computer files from one host to another host over a TCP-based network, such as the Internet. In simple words consider it to be a “File Manager” for your site/blog, where files and folder regarding your website are stored. This is the place where you can manage your files and folder of your site and upload/delete them according to your need.

Ftp is vital and used for several purposes in a blog/site, for installing WP, for deleting unwanted stuff off your servers, change folder names, Enable/disable plugin/themes, Upload plugins/themes and many more. When Ftp holds such an important use, you should know the most basic i.e How to upload files/folders and How to delete them, so that you can carry out the most basic things yourself, and the same is focus of this article. Ftp is a must to have thing, and available with most of the web-hosts around. Although most of the web-hosts provide access to it from within your control panel, their are also some external tools, which make life much easier. Their are several ftp tools, some paid, several are free. For this article I used classicFtp tool ( this tool can be downloaded and used free of cost, from your PC ), before moving I suggest downloading classicFtp from direct download link.

How to Upload Files to Ftp ?

  1. Open ClassicFtp from the Installation directory ( I am assuming you have classicFtp installed )
  2. ftp login screenYou would be presented with three fields to fill in “FTP server” , “User-name” and “Password”. Fill the required fields and click OK.
  3. If logged in successfully, you would be presented to a screen like below. If an error occurs, it would mainly due to wrong info filled in either of the fields above, If you are not sure about your Ftp details, do contact your web-host for required information.
  4. ftp filesThe list in the right as in the snapshot above, shows the file currently uploaded on your site’s server. You can move in between the directories from these buttons ( ftp buttons )located just above the screen showing your files and folders.
  5. To upload a new file, First navigate to the folder in which the file is kept, then select and click on the blue arrow in between to upload it to your site’s FTP.

Note : If you want to upload the file from your computer to server make sure Blue arrow is in > position, and if you want to move the file from your site’s server to your PC then blue arrow should be in < this position.

How to Delete the files via Ftp ?

  1. Open ClassicFtp from the Installation directory
  2. ftp login screenYou would be presented with three fields to fill in “FTP server” , “User-name” and “Password”. Fill the required fields and click OK.
  3. If logged in successfully, you would be presented to a screen like below. If an error occurs, it would mainly due to wrong info filled in either of the fields above, If you are not sure about your Ftp details, do contact your web-host for required information.
  4. ftp files
  5. Select the file you wish to delete by clicking upon it, and the select the “Red – Cross” button from these buttons ( ftp buttons )
  6. Accept the pop warning by selecting “Delete”. And your fill would be deleted.

Final Words : These are some basic things you can do at your site’s Ftp using the tool I used above, their are several other tools too, but I felt this one to be comfortable and easy to use. If you want you can use any other tool, but the GUI and appearance would surely differ from what you saw in the snapshots of this article.

I hope this article would have helped you, if you think I missed something do correct me in the comments below, Your feedback and suggestions always motivate me. Help me grow by sharing the content to social networking websites.

About the author

Rachit Singh

Professional Content Marketer who Founded Scribbify, and Hacknovations. Passionate Blogger & Content Marketer.

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