Getting Started with FTP

To upload and manage your website, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is the preferred method for many website designers.  To connect to your site via FTP you can use software such as Dreamweaver or iWeb, or an FTP client such as FileZilla or CoreFTP.  These programs will allow you to load the website files that are on your computer directly onto your server. 

FTP Host

You have several options for your FTP host:

FTP Username
cPanel username or other FTP account username

Your cPanel username is also an

FTP username

FTP Password ******** Use your cPanel password if using your cPanel username for FTP. Otherwise, use the password you set for the FTP account you are using.

Other Settings

Passive Mode: If you are having any issues connecting, enable Passive Mode
The default port for FTP traffic is 21

Directory Structure:

It's important to understand what directory to upload your site files to. If you are working with your primary domain name, public_html is the document root. If you are working with an Addon domain, the document root will be something like public_html/ For more information on directory structure and your document root, please see our article on which directory you should upload files to.
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