FileZilla FTP Client

FileZilla Home Page

FileZilla Home Page

You need an FTP (file transfer protocol) client on your computer so that you can upload and download files to your website / blog folders on your hosting service server.

There are plenty ways you can do this but I use FileZilla which is free and is easy to configure and use. So let’s go with that.

You can download the FileZilla Client here

You can find useful documentation and tutorials here

Once you have FileZilla up and running you can go about logging into your rented web space on your host provider’s server.

The process will vary with different hosting providers. I’ll run through how I do this for Blacknight.

Good to be writing this post as it’s been so many months since I’ve done this, it’s a great refresher! Like anything, you lose it if you don’t use it!

Once you have rented your server space and have your user name and password you can log into ‘Account’ from the menu bar at the top of the Blacknight home page.

This will take you to the Blacknight Control Panel.

Click on the ‘Manage Website’ link under the ‘Websites’ section.

Click on the ‘Website Configuration’ link under the ‘Website Tools’ section.

Under ‘FTP Configuration’ you will find the information you need to put in the FileZilla login bar, being:
FTP URL – put this into the Host: text box
Login – put this into the Username: text box
Password – you will have this from setting up your new domain name on Blacknight (and if I remember, Blacknight will have emailed you this info too)
Generally you don’t have to put anything into the Port: text box on the FileZilla login bar, the default does the trick.

Once you have all the info in the FileZilla login bar, hit the ‘Quickconnect’ button and it will take you into your web server root directory.

FileZilla login bar

FileZilla login bar

I would be writing for days to explain all the functions within FileZilla. I strongly recommend reading the FileZilla documentation (at the link above) before uploading or downloading anything. Frankly, if you’re intent on becoming proficient in all this there’s no excuse for not doing a thorough study of the documentation. Simply, no pain, no gain! or more to the point, valuable and useful skills don’t come easy! So please do it!

One suggestion – I think very important. You’ll probably end up wanting more than one website (different URL’s or domain names) for different things you want to try out once you get the hang of all this. You can make allowance for this by putting each website / blog as a sub-directory from your web root directory. I suggest do this rather than loading your website / blog onto the root directory. The only extra cost is the subscription for each domain name you purchase.

These skills alone (getting a URL, renting some server space from a hosting provider and setting up an FTP Client is already raising you well above the ‘Expert in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.’ hoardes in terms of CV-speak!). These days MS Office proficiency might only be the bare, bare rock-bottom minimum in terms of computer literacy! Simply not enough to interest many employers with digital skills requirements really! Best take steps to rise above the crowd if you want to attract (favourable) attention!


Give me a few days and I’ll put up the html for a basic holding page so that you’ll have something there letting visitors know you’re building a super-duper website or blog!

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