This tutorial will guide you step by step from downloading through configuring WS_FTP LE to exchanging files between your Local System (computer) and your Remote System - ISP (Internet Service Provider) Web Server.
Step 1 - Download WS_FTP LE
then install it on your local computer's hard drive. This is a compressed file, so you will need a decompression utility such as:
Winzip - http://www.winzip.com to unzip this file.
In Windows Explorer, find the file WS_FTP LE that you just downloaded and double-click on it. Click continue to install WS_FTP LE.
Step 2 - Logging In and Launching WS_FTP LE
Connect your Local System (computer) to the Internet. You can use any Internet connection.
Launch WS_FTP LE by clicking on the 'Start' button and then selecting 'Programs', then 'WS_FTP', and then 'WS_FTP95 LE'.
Note: If you placed a shortcut Icon on your Desktop, click the WS_FTP95 LE icon to launch the program.
Step 3 - Configuring Session Profile
The first window to appear will be the Session Properties dialog box, which will request information about what server to connect to. You will need to fill in some information on the "General" tab. You will only need to enter this information once and then it will be stored in the WS_FTP LE software for future use.
On the "General" Tab click once on the button labeled "New".
You'll need to enter the following settings in your Session Profile:
Profile Name field: Don Tirabassi Web Site
Host Name/Address field: ftp.cconnect.net
Host Type: leave as Automatic detect
User ID field: enter your User ID dtirabassi in all lower case
Password field: your password (**********)
If you wish, you may choose to save your password so that you don't have to enter it each time you log in with WS_FTP LE. If you wish to enable this time saving feature, check the box marked "Save Pwd"
Be sure the "Anonymous" box is unchecked. Do Not enter any other information beyond this. There is no need to enter a directory name; the above settings will automatically place you in your base directory.
When you are finished entering these settings, click on the OK button, and you will be connected to your Remote System (ISP Web Server).
Step 4 - Anatomy of the WS_FTP LE Window
Reference # Description
1. This is the Local System's current directory path. This tells you where your files will be transferred to, or transferred from.
2. This is a list of the files in the current Local directory.
3. These arrow buttons initiate a file transfer in the direction of the arrow you clicked on. (i.e. clicking on the right arrow button will send a file from the Local System to the Remote System).
4. This is the Remote System's current directory path. This tells you where your files will be transferred to or transferred from. (Note: Remote System is the computer your connected to.)
5. This is a list of files in the current Remote directory.
6. This allows you to select the mode of transfer you want. The Auto selection is recommended. Specify which Transfer Mode you wish to use depending on the type of file you want to transfer. Usually, the Auto Detect option is accurate in determining which mode is best, but sometimes you may want to choose.
The Binary option is most commonly used for transferring graphics files such as .jpg, .gif, .bmp, etc. You should also use this mode for transferring documents created by a word processor, such as Word or WordPerfect.
The ASCII option is used when transferring documents created with a text editor, such as the DOS editor, Microsoft Notepad, PICO, or vi.
Auto Detect option determines which mode is best.
7. This is the status window. It tells you what actions are being done.
8. These buttons send commands to the Local or Remote System to do the following:
ChgDir: Changes the folder/directory to one you specify.
MkDir: Creates a new folder/directory in the current path.
RmDir: Removes a folder/directory. The blank box allows you to list specific files in the file list. For instance, if you wanted to see only files ending in .txt, you would enter "*.txt" in the box.
View: Shows the contents of a file.
Exec: Execute. Runs an executable file.
Rename: Changes the name of a file or folder/directory.
Delete: Deletes a file or folder/directory.
Refresh: Updates the folder/directory and file lists.
DirInfo: Gives a more informative list of the contents of the Folder/Directory.
Step 5 - Adding Files to the Server
As shown above, the left hand window displays the folders/directories and files on your Local System (computer's) hard drive, and the right hand window displays the directories and files on your Remote System (ISP Web Server). To transfer files from one window to the other, simply locate the folder/directory from which you want to transfer files and click once on the file you wish to transfer, then click once on the right arrow button between the two windows, which points in the direction that you wish to transfer the file to.
Tips & Suggestions
Directly below the local and remote windows, you'll notice three buttons labeled ASCII, Binary, and Auto.
For best results:
Image files such as .gif or .jpg /. jpeg should be uploaded in Binary mode.
We recommend all HTML files be uploaded in ASCII mode.
To avoid problems with selecting the correct file type, you may wish to leave the "Auto" box checked at all times.
HTML Filenames are case sensitive.
It is recommend you upload your files in lowercase only.
When you write your HTML files, be sure and refer to any image or other HTML files in lowercase also. Your HTML and actual filenames must match exactly, in order for your page to display correctly.
Names and Passwords are case sensitive.
If you signed up with your ISP, and choose a log-in name of Joe, typing joe into the "User ID" Name when you publish would not work. The same holds true for the "Password" entry.
WS_FTP LE also allows you to create new folders/directories, delete folders/directories, as well as delete and rename files. These features are available by choosing the buttons to the right of the Remote System (ISP Web Server) window.
Step 6 - Ending Your FTP Session
To disconnect from your Remote System (ISP Web Server), click on the Close or Exit buttons at the bottom of the screen. The next time you connect with WS_FTP LE, your session profile will be saved for you. Simply make sure you have the right profile, and choose connect.
Step 7 - Viewing your web page
To view the page you just uploaded, use a website address (URL) in your web browser.
Copying Files from the Server to your Local Computer
Copying files from the Remote System (ISP Web Server) to your Local System (computer) hard drive is done the same way as adding files except you do the process in the opposite direction using the left arrow button.
Highlight the file(s) you wish to place on the Local System (computer) hard drive in the Remote System (ISP Web Server) window on the right side.
Then click on the left arrow button between the Local System (computer) hard drive window and the Remote System (ISP Web Server) window.
This will place your file on the hard drive in the folder/directory whose contents are listed in the local computer hard drive window.
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Last Modified on Monday, July 19, 2004 12:50 PM