Using an FTP client to upload content to your Virtual Private Server is a very simple process. The following guidelines provide a general overview of transferring files to and from your Virtual Private Server via FTP.

  1. In order to transfer files via FTP, you must have an FTP client installed on your PC. Here are a few of our favorite FTP clients:

    NOTE: Don't like any of these FTP clients? You will find many free and useful clients on the Internet. Try searching for FTP client in your favorite search engine. you will likely be overwhelmed by the amount of FTP clients available.

  2. Start your FTP client and connect to your Virtual Private Server using your login ID and password that you received in Your Virtual Private Server Configuration E-Mail when your Virtual Private Server was first configured. Do not use anonymous as the login ID, as you will not have access to the directories and files you need.

  3. After you log in, you will be placed in your Virtual Private Server home directory (/usr/home/LOGIN_ID). This is the same directory you find yourself in when you connect to your Virtual Private Server via Telnet or SSH.

  4. Your FTP client should allow you to select the file transfer mode, either ASCII or BINARY. Use ASCII mode to transfer text files and BINARY mode to transfer binary files. Most FTP clients have an Automatic transfer mode option that can be set. When this option is selected the FTP client will automatically determine which file transfer mode to use when you upload or download files.

    NOTE: Be sure you transfer all your HTML files, as well as any text files, such as CGI script source code, in ASCII format! All image files (.gif, .jpg, etc.) must be transferred in BINARY format.

Please note: the information on this page applies to ITS web hosting plans. It may or may not apply to other environments. If you are looking for a feature described here, or better support from your hosting provider, please consider hosting your site with ITS!

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