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Dustin
Posted: Oct 2 2002, 12:39 PM
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The FTP (File Transfer Protocol) file transfer system is versatile as well as extremely useful. You can rename your files, upload, download, and manage most aspects of your account via FTP. If you are using a Web authoring software package that handles the uploading of files to the server, such as Navigator Gold, then the correct configuration may be somewhat different. The following instructions assume that you are dialed up to your Internet Service Provider as you normally are when browsing the web.

To upload your HTML documents follow these steps:

1. Acquiring FTP Software

We recommend the use of WS-FTP LE which can be acquired at www.tucows.com or www.ipswitch.com, or CuteFTP which can be acquired at www.cuteftp.com .

2. Connecting and logging in via FTP

Different FTP programs will vary somewhat in their interfaces and menu layouts, but are generally similar enough that the following instructions will apply. Every FTP client will have a place (a dialog box which automatically appears, or a menu selection which brings up such a box) where you enter information regarding which server on the Internet you want to connect to. You may have to hit a button labeled "Connect" in order to get this box to come up. When you have found this box in your particular client, there are three crucial pieces of information needed to log you in to your account as the account owner. They are:

Host Name/Server = yourdomain.com
Directory (if required) = /
Username = your FTP username
Password = your FTP password

Other settings to watch out for

"Anonymous Login" checkbox - Some FTP programs have a checkbox labeled "Anonymous Login", or something similar. You want to be sure that this box is unchecked. Having this box inadvertently checked will cause your client to log in as an anonymous user instead of the account owner, even if you have entered your userid and password in the appropriate places.

Initial Directories - Sometimes having values in boxes which specify Initial Directories can cause your connection attempt to fail. It is best to leave these boxes blank, or delete any default values which you may find there.

Host Type - Generally "Auto-detect" is a safe value to have as the Host Type, but if it doesn't work use UNIX.

With these settings in place, click the Ok or Connect button to connect to your web server.

3. Root level

Once you are logged in to the FTP server you be placed at the root level indicated by "/" in the remote site location box. The local system is your computer and the remote site is the web server.

4. Moving files back and forth

First, you will need to make sure you are uploading files to your site's web accessible directory. This can be done by double clicking the /httpdocs directory in the remote site location list box (right). The next step is to locate your files on your computer in the left set of list boxes. Select the files you wish to upload in the local machine list boxes on the left portion of your screen, then, click the Copy, Transfer or arrow button to upload your files.

The procedure for retrieving files from your account is the same as downloading, you just select the source and destinations in different list boxes.

If you edit/make changes to a page, upload it to the remote server and overwrite the old file so that the updated page will appear on the web. If changes cannot be seen after you have uploaded new content to your website, please try clearing your browser cache.
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jeff
Posted: Oct 3 2002, 01:26 PM
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Ok, I opened a Universal Pipe hosting account and started from scratch. As some of you know, my technical skills are rudimentary at best. I must say that I was able to follow these instructions (including those I received on my set-up e-mail) and have a rudimentary site running within the day. I had to ask Dustin one question, "Do I need to name the file I want to show on my page Index.html?" (shows how rudimentary my hands-on knowledge was ..). This was a great learning experience for me, if anybody is frustrated or having trouble navigating Plesk, feel free to send me an e-mail or call.


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gmlc
Posted: Oct 8 2002, 06:18 AM
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don't want to confuse any beginners, but as standard most unix domains are setup to retrieve a file called index.html for a directory listing ie. http://whateverdomain.com/

but you have control over this using a system file called .htaccess, it's a simple text file (use Notepad) with command line directives inside it. For example

DirectoryIndex whateverfilename.ext
ErrorDocument 404 http://www.whatever.com/error.html

So the first line tells the direcotry to retrieve whatever filename you've specified - can be anything you want or need! The 2nd line is for a missing page or 404 error which requests a page to display called error.html in the /httpdocs dir on Pleask (../../web on RAQ). Of course error.html can be any filename you want.

Normally, such things are done easily thru Telnet, but as Plesk accounts don't have Telnet access you have to ftp the .htaccess file (in ASCII mode) to the /httpdocs (you'll probably have to save it on your PC as htaccess.txt, then rename it to .htaccess - no filename extension, thru the FTP program when it's on the server).

Also if you do use .htaccess in the parent /httpdocs dir it will affect each sub-directory you have under it. You can put separate & different .htaccess files in sub directories to control their functionality.

Hope I haven't confused anyone, and made supports life more difficult. If so then please feel free to delete this post biggrin.gif
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pacific
Posted: Oct 24 2002, 08:28 PM
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So, the say I see it, there are two ways to upload (ftp) files

FIRST Way - use your IP adress eg. 209.181.46.107/httpdocs/ to upload your website.

OR SECOND way: ftp://www.yourdomainname.com/httpdocs/

Which is preferred?

Note that I include the /httpdocs so I can upoaid directly.
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andy
Posted: Oct 24 2002, 10:43 PM
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It's just a matter of personal preference. If your domain name isn't yet resolving to the new server, you'll want to use the IP address. Once the domain is resolving to the server, using it by name is recommended.


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Zendragon
Posted: Nov 7 2002, 06:37 PM
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If you have multiple domains with a UP account and one IP address, can you still upload the main site using the IP and FTP?
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andy
Posted: Nov 8 2002, 01:04 AM
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Yes. FTP on the Upipe accounts is sensitive to your username and password and doesn't rely on the name being active. You can upload to your IP as long as you're using the correct username and password that is associated with that site in its FTP settings.


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Zendragon
Posted: Nov 8 2002, 08:51 AM
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Ok, so the account name and password will determine which domain you can FTP to...thanks
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