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How-To Publish Your Site via FTP

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Please note this very important item: If you intend to use FrontPage for your site, publishing to your site with an FTP client can result in corruption of the FrontPage Server Extensions necessary for FrontPage to work properly. However, because FrontPage and FrontPage Server Extensions have reached their end-of-life, it is recommended you remove any web-bots you are using and begin publishing using FTP. Please see the article FrontPage Extensions End-of-Life for more information.

There are many FTP clients you can use to publish your pages to your hosting space with 3Essentials once you've developed your site, and virtually any standard FTP client should work: FireFTP, Filezilla, CuteFTP, proFtp, wsFTP are just a few examples.

One FTP client that some customers like to use is Internet Explorer.  Though Internet Explorer handle FTP transfer of files it can sometimes be problematic and does not provide any logging of your FTP session. We do not recommend the use of Internet Explorer.


To FTP using any standard FTP client:

  1. Configure your FTP client with: FTP uid/pw, server, and directory.  How and where you do this within a given client will vary from FTP client to FTP client, so consult your FTP client's documentation for specific instructions on how to use that client. But each client will require the following:
    • FTP uid/pw: This is provided to you in your Welcome e-mail. If you have forgotten the uid/pw you can always reset it using the control panel. This article describes how:
    • The server to which you will FTP: Some FTP clients will call this by different names: host, hostname, remote server, ftp server, destination server, etc..  In short, it is the server on which your site is hosted. This can bethe hostname or IP address of the host server. If you have a dedicated IP address, you would use that address. If you are on our latest server builds, please see the article on configuring your client for FTPS.
    • Directory: This is another term that FTP clients will give different names: working directory, home directory, root directory, web-root directory, etc..  In short, it just means, after you make an ftp connection to the server, which directory should the ftp client push your webfiles into.  On servers with Plesk and Windows, httpdocs directory. On servers with CPanel and Linux, this is the public_html directory. If you have add-on domains on your Cpanel/Linux plan, check the control panel for that site's home directory. Typically it would be public_html/
  2. Once that information is configured, publish/put the files to the destination server.  Again, this process will vary from client to client, consult the documentation of your specific client for details.



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