How to configure a FTP client and transfer files using it?- (Part 1)

In my previous post I have written about creating an FTP account. In this post, we will see how we can connect to the server using FileZilla as our FTP client. This is the first part of the process. To learn how to manage files, please check this post.

You will need to have already setup FileZilla on your computer. If not, please download it from the official page : here and install it on your computer.
  1. Access cPanel and search for FTP in the top search bar and then click on ‘FTP Accounts’
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the list of your FTP accounts and then click on ‘Configure FTP client’ to get the configuration settings
  3. configure-ftp

Now we have two options to chose from:

  1. Downalod the configuration file and use it for connection
  2. Copy down the Manual configuration settings

If you downloaded the configuration file

  1. Open the Filezilla application on your computer and then click on ‘File > Import’
  2. Access the configuration file that you downloaded earlier and import it
  3. It should now show a popup asking you to enter your password
  4. Enter the Password to save the configuration as a site in your FileZilla site manager
  5. Site Manager is the top-left icon, under ‘File’. Clicking on it should bring up the list of sites that are configured in FileZilla.

You can now access your server through FTP by just clicking on the site name in site manager.

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If you copied down Manual configuration settings

You can now use this setting to either configure it as a site in site manager, or you can just use the quick connect tab to connect to your server.

Method 1:

If you want to quickly access FTP, fill in the following details into the quick connect tab.

  • Host: This would be your FTP server. Usually ftp.your_domain.name
  • Username: This is the FULL FTP Username. Usually username@your_domain.name
  • Password: Password for your FTP account
  • Port: You can either leave it empty, or use 21 or 22
Method 2:

If you would like to configure this FTP account permanently in your site manager instead (this will help you access FTP with just two clicks anytime you would like to connect to the server), you can follow the following steps:

  1. Open FileZilla and Click on File > Site Manager
  2. Using the following image as reference, fill the details from the Manual configuration settings that you copied down
    1. Click on ‘New Site’
    2. Host: This would be your FTP server. Usually ftp.your_domain.name
    3. Port: You can either leave it empty, or use 21 or 22
    4. Leave the Protocol and Encryption as it is
    5. If you’re having trouble connecting to FTP, change the Encryption to ‘Only use Plain FTP’
    6. Logon type needs to be set to ‘Normal’
    7. If you cannot change the logon type to normal since you get this error:
      “FileZilla is running in kiosk mode.
      ‘Normal’ and ‘Account’ logontypes are not available in this mode.”
      – Click on Edit > Settings
      – On the left pane (Select page) > Interface and then uncheck the option that says “Do not save passwords”
    8. Username: This is the FULL FTP Username. Usually username@your_domain.name
    9. Password: Password for your FTP account
    10. Click on ‘Ok’ to save the settings
  3. You can now access your server through FTP by just clicking on the site name in site manager. (Check image above)

That is all regarding connecting to the server. To manage files and know more about the FileZilla interface, please check Part 2 of this post.

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