File Transfer Protocol, better known as FTP, is a procedure used to upload and download files to and from your web server.
In order to use FTP, you'll need to download and install a software program on your computer. The most widely used FTP program is WS FTP Pro. You can find it here: http://www.wsftp.com
When you first launch FTP program, a startup screen will appear. This screen will enable you to add your website information and allow program to connect with your server. You simply fill in information where indicated with following information:
Profile Name - This name will be added to selection list of profile names. Select your profile name according to your domain. For example, if your domain name were smiths.com, your profile name might be Smiths.
Host Name/Address - Your domain name address. Example - www.smiths.com
Host Type - The type of server in which your website is hosted. The standard is Unix.
User ID - Your hosting User ID. Example - smiths.
Password - Your hosting password.
Depending on which FTP client you use, names may be slightly different.
Once FTP program has connected with your server, you will see files on your computer in left window and files on your server will be displayed in right window.
To maneuver through your folders, simply double click on them. To transfer your files, either double click on file or highlight it and then click on transfer files arrow.
To select more than one file at a time, click on each file you'd like to transfer while holding down Ctrl key on your keyboard. Keep in mind, all of files you select must be uploaded in same mode. In other words, you could upload all of your HTML files at same time, or all of your images.
If all of files you'd like to upload are all together, you can click on first file while holding down your Shift key and use down arrow on your keyboard to highlight all of your files.
Files such as text, HTML, and most scripts should be uploaded to your server in ASCII mode. Any file that isn't ASCII text, such as programs (EXE, ZIP), graphics, ebooks, sounds (WAV, MID) and movies should be uploaded to your server in Binary mode.
When using scripts on your website, you will be required to set file permissions in order for your scripts to run properly on a Unix server. The most common setting for CGI/Perl scripts is 755. When working with scripts, you may receive an Internal Server Error when you try to run it. Many times, this error is caused by improperly set file permissions.