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A Beginners Guide
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by WDT member - Violet Carroll

CookieBytes WebDesign

Now that you have connected to your provider, you will notice that on the right hand side of the box, are all of your files and folders that you had previously uploaded to your web space (if you had). On the left side, are your computer's files.

Now, let's say you have a file on your desktop that you want to upload to your web space. At the top of the list on the left (local side), there is an arrow. Double click on that, and you will get a new list, of your program files. Double click the arrow again, and you will get your C drive files listings. Scroll down the list until you see "Windows", double click on that, then in the new list, scroll down until you see "Desktop", and double click again. Now all your desktop files are showing, make sure that on the right (server/remote) side you are in the folder you want your file transferred to, (if not, double click the appropriate folder) then highlight your chosen file from your computer files on the left (local) and click the arrow pointing to the right, in the center of the program box. When the file has transferred, you will hear a "tinkling" noise, letting you know that the transfer was successful, and now you can see it listed on the right hand (server/remote) side.

That's it!!

You can use this method to download files from your web site as well, by simply highlighting the files to move, and clicking the arrow to the left, and the files will be transferred to the chosen directory on your computer (left/local list).

Now you may want to keep in mind, to make life easier, make directories for your different sites or files. To do this on either the remote (right) side, or local (left) you simply click the "MkDir" button, and a new folder will appear. If you are moving files within the same system (EX: both in the local side) you can just drag and drop. You can also delete, rename, and view files on either side by using the buttons provided on each side.

Now that you have the basic understanding of how FTP works, you can check out the rest of the buttons and see what they do, they are fairly self-explanatory.

If you have more than one provider, you can have them all listed on the WS_FTP, by adding the new one, and as long as you click "apply" after all the information is entered on the properties box, the program will save them in the pop-down list.

Also remember, that the session will "time out" if you haven't done a transfer in a set amount of time (usually a few minutes). If this happens, you will know when you attempt a transfer, you will hear an "Oh-Oh" (like the one on ICQ). Simply click "Close" on the bottom left corner, then that same button will change to "Connect", and click it again.

Good luck, and have fun! Once you get used to the interface,
you'll wonder how you ever lived without it! :)

Having problems? Email me, I'll do my best to help you.

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