FTP Manager

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Introduction

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) allows a person to transfer files between two computers, generally connected via the Internet.

A browser, such as Internet Explorer or Netscape, can use FTP. Please note that FTP support varies widely between browsers from full drag and drop capability to download only. If your domain name is “yourname.com,” you can use a browser’s FTP access by entering a URL in the form of ftp://yourname.com@yourname.com.

Graphical FTP clients often display two panels, one representing your local hard disk and the other representing the remote filestore. To transfer a file, click on it to highlight it, and then click on the “Transfer” button or the arrow button that points in the direction you want the file to go. “Upload” generally means moving the file from your local machine to the remote machine; “Download” generally means moving the file from the remote machine to your local machine.

Command line systems require you to enter commands from the keyboard. Type the ftp command followed by the name or IP number of the site you want to connect to.

Logging in to FTP automatically

Clicking the auto-FTP icon on the right side of the taskbar will launch an FTP session to your domain in a new browser window. Please note that FTP support varies widely between browsers from full drag and drop capability to download only.

Introduction to FTP Manager

Directory specific FTP allows you to give a user FTP access to a specified directory of your website. Using an FTP client, the user will be able to upload files to your website and download files from your website. For each user, you may grant FTP access to only one directory. The user will have access to all directories that are located below this directory. Anonymous FTP allows users to download files from a specific directory without a password.

An FTP user will not have access to any other part of your website or other applications within the control panel.

Adding an FTP user

To add an FTP user, click the “Create” button on the main FTP Manager page. Enter the FTP username and password in the “Username” and “Password” fields. In the “Directory List” drop-down menu, select the directory that the user will access. Remember that the user will also have access to all directories under this directory.

Click the “OK” button if you would like to add the user and return to the main FTP Manager page. Click the “Apply” button if you would like to add the user and continue to add other users.

Note: Your domain name will be appended to the chosen username. For example, if your username is “ftpuser” and your domain name is “yourname.com,” you should use the username “ftpuser.yourname.com” for FTP access.

Deleting an FTP user To remove a user from the FTP access list, select their username on the main page of FTP Manager. Click the “Delete” button.

Changing FTP access to a directory

When you highlight a user on the main FTP Manager page, the user’s password and the directory that the user currently can access are displayed in the “Password” and “Current Directory” fields.

To change the directory that an FTP user can access, highlight the username on the main page of FTP Manager. Use the menu labeled “Change FTP Directory” to select the new directory that you would like the user to access. Click the “OK” or “Apply” button to implement this change.

To change the FTP user’s password, highlight the username on the main page of FTP Manager. Enter the new password in the “Password” field. Click the “OK” or “Apply” button to implement this change.

Using an external FTP client

Open your external FTP client and connect by entering the following information where appropriate:

Username/Login name– your domain name (e.g. yourname.com)

Password – your domain password (the same one you use to log in to WebsiteOS).

Using Anonymous FTP

Introduction

Anonymous FTP allows people to download files from your website even if they do not have an account on the system. If your package includes this feature, it is accessible in the FTP Manager application.

If anonymous FTP is enabled, it will use the “anonftp” directory that is located in the root directory. Only files located in this directory can be downloaded by anonymous FTP. When anonymous FTP users connect to your domain, they will automatically be sent to this directory. The “anonftp” directory must have read and execute permissions for “other” in order to use anonymous FTP.

Anonymous FTP is included in bandwidth calculations.

Enabling anonymous FTP

If your package includes anonymous FTP, you can enable the feature using the FTP Manager application. Within this application, click on the “Anonymous FTP” tab. Check the “Enable Anonymous FTP” box.

Disabling anonymous FTP

If anonymous FTP is enabled on your domain, you can disable it using the FTP Manager application. Within this application, click on the “Anonymous FTP” tab. Remove the checkmark from the “Disable Anonymous FTP” box.

Using anonymous FTP with a graphical FTP client

Connect using FTP by entering the following information where it is appropriate:

URL – your domain name (e.g. yourname.com)

Username – anonymous

Password – your complete email address (e.g. yourname@yourname.com)

Important: After you have logged in, change the remote directory to your domain (e.g. yourname.com). Usually this is done using a “change directory” option. This will automatically take you to the “anonftp” directory. You may download any files that are in this directory.

Using anonymous FTP with a command line system

Connect using FTP by entering the following information where it is appropriate:

URL – your domain name (e.g. yourname.com)

Username – anonymous

Password – your complete email address (e.g. yourname@yourname.com)

Important: After you have logged in, change the remote directory to your domain (e.g. yourname.com).

Example: The example below uses the domain “yourname.com.” In the example, the file “newtest.txt” is downloaded from the domain.

> ftp yourname.com

Connected to yourname.com.

220 Website FTP Server Ready


Name (yourname.com:user): anonymous

331 Anonymous login ok, send your complete email address as your password.

Password: password

230 Anonymous access granted, restrictions apply.

Remote system type is UNIX.

Using binary mode to transfer files.

ftp> cd yourname.com

250 CWD command successful.

ftp> ls

200 PORT command successful.

150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for file list.

-rw-r--r-- 1 yourname.com 0 6 Oct 3 04:00 newtest.txt

-rw-r--r-- 1 yourname.com 100 200 Nov 1 19:16 test

226 Transfer complete.

ftp> get newtest.txt

local: newtest.txt remote: newtest.txt

200 PORT command successful.

150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for newtest.txt (6 bytes).

100% |**************************************************| 6 00:00 ETA

226 Transfer complete.

6 bytes received in 0.01 seconds (0.70 KB/s)

ftp> 221 Goodbye.

Using anonymous FTP with a browser

If your domain name is “yourname.com” the full path to the anonymous FTP directory is ftp://yourname.com/yourname.com.

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