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Filezilla FTP Help

FTP (file transfer protocol) software is used to transfer a copy of your files from your computer to a remote computer. This is mainly used to transfer files onto a web server so that folks can SEE your files. So if you need to upload a picture, flash, mp3 or html file, Filezilla is a great open source program for you. And while it takes a few steps it supports SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) which is required for uploading your web files.

To Install!

  1. NOTE: If on campus, our computers ALREADY HAVE THIS, SO PLEASE SKIP
  2. Go to Filezilla and click on:
    Hot button to Filezilla Download
  3. It will usually detect your Operating System and provide a link to download the client
  4. Another Dialog Box will pop up, asking if you want the "Pro" (costs money) or the free version. Just get the free version.

Connecting to the Server

  1. Assuming filezilla is installed, go to Windows Icon to show your programs and find "filezilla" and click on it to start
  2. Then click on "File" (DO NOT use the option boxes on the main page, X'd out here)
  3. Then "Site Manager:
  4. For the server that our class uses, click on the [New Site] button at the bottom of the window, give the link that shows up in the left side a name and hit enter (NBTL, CLASS or whatever)
  5. Click on the [Protocol] Drop Down and choose "SFTP SSH File Transfer Protcol" (though it is NOT SSH, the S is for Secure"
  6. Host:nbtl.mesacc.edu
  7. Logontype: Choose "Ask for Password"
  8. User: Put in your username
  9. Click on Connect at the bottom of the site manager window.
    The new version of Filezilla has this annoying alert window "Remember Passwords" Bad idea at home, HORRIBLE idea anywhere else. Just say NO!
  10. Type your Password:
    Filezilla password screen
  11. A window will pop up asking if you should trust this host. Click OK. As we have deepfreeze here, every time you reboot the computer this window will pop up again.
  12. A new window will open and hopefully you will connect.
    You should see a file called "public_html", though the name may be partly hidden. Go to the line at the edge of the "Filename" column (see red arrow below) and click and drag it to the right so you can fully see all the filenames.
    Main Filezilla Screen
  13. MAKE SURE you double click on the public_html folder to open it, and you should see any of the files you already have on my server. This is where you MUST put your files if you want them to be visible on the web.
  14. The files located on the left hand side of the window(labelled Local Site:) are on YOUR computer. If you want them to be visible on the web, you must copy them to the right hand side of the window.
  15. To transfer your files over to the public_html folder, first choose the E: drive (or whatever drive your files are on) Then you can either:
    • click and drag the file from "Your Machine" to "Server or Remote Machine"
    • Right click on the file and choose to send it over
    • If you go from Right to Left you can Download a copy from the server as well. Be careful not to overwrite your files
    Filezilla ready to transfer
  16. Additional Filezilla Features
    • Very first time
      • Open up a new page in an editor (notepad, jedit etc)
      • Copy the from the opening <html> to the closing </html> from Basic HTML 5 page
      • Paste it into your empty notepad++ document
      • Save it it first as template.html
      • Then save it as index.html which is what your homepage absolutely MUST be named to be a homepage on nbtl.mesacc.edu
      • REMEMBER: Spaces in filenames are evil! ;) and keep your filenames simple
      • NOTE: For every new page you create, make SURE to update the URL for the validator link!
    • All other times:
    • Open your file in notepad++ (or whatever editor you use, just NOT notepad nor wordpad) (Remember, you have to change "Files of Type" to "All Files" or only .txt files show up.)
    • If you are making a new file, open template.html, and "save as" and give it the newname.html
    • You will have to fix the URL inside the validator link for that to work (should be the same as what shows up in your browser when you go to the page
    • As you make changes, do "File Save" in notepad++
    • Then upload file in Filezilla
    • Then hit reload in your browser, (or type https://nbtl.mesacc.edu/username/ or https://nbtl.mesacc.edu/username/filename.html the first time
    • Every time you make a change, save, upload, reload
    • If you add a new file, you need to hit the "Refresh" button in Filezilla for it to show up
      Filezilla Refresh Button
    • Rinse, repeat enjoy!