WS_FTP LE 95© is free to
download (different versions for different operating systems)
and use if you meet certain conditions of use. There is also a "Pro" version. I'm going to tell you about the free one (LE), but they both operate pretty much the same.
First, if you need it, get WS_FTP here. Follow it's instructions for installing, I did it by myself, and had NO problems. When you start the program, a 2-part screen will pop up, along with this one (shown below). Fill in the info here first, then we can deal with the larger one.
General Tab (connect button will bring up:)
can be anything. 'my geo website', 'Linda's Website', or whatever you want. If you have several accounts that you will be FTP'ing files to - then name this one you can easily identify. That arrow to the right of the box is a drop down menu so you can choose which account and files you will be ftp'ing with right now.
|Advanced Tab ~ very easy here:||
you can choose up to 40, but start with 2 or three. When WS_FTP can't make a connection because the Internet or your web host is busy, you don't want to wait while it tries 40 times!!
Those are the only two tabs that you need to input any information - unless you're in a firewall
situation. There, you will have to ask your system administrator for the information you need for WS_FTP.
|The main parts of the WS_FTP screen|
|On the toolbar at the bottom of the screen, click on the "Options" button,|
and start with the tab for "Session".
|Options - Session|
.htm -> .html
or force lower case
FILE.GIF -> file.gif,
to make your files match your html document, do.
|The Session Cont'd tab|
"Send Unique" or
|The Extensions tab||Here is where you tell WS_FTP which files
to upload as ASCII|
Most common are: htm, html, txt, map, js, perl, cgi, ram. They are not case sensitive, txt is same as TXT
Type in an extension, like: .html, click "Add". Do the next one, and so on.
|The tab for "Convert" (tab next to 'extensions') works the same way.
If you need to convert your computer's .htm files to .html, you can select that option here and your files will be automatically converted as they are uploaded.|
The rest of the tabs and options can be set to your preferences, how WS_FTP looks and operates for personal preferences. On each screen there is a help button, and the help files are very good and will explain WS_FTP's options well. Save the settings by clicking "OK".
|THIS screen will be the first one that shows on the left hand side when you start the WS_FTP program. Don't worry - after it connects, you can double click on the green arrow at the top of that file listing to manuver through your computer's files so you can reach the folder where your webpage files are.|
|What will be showing in the right side of the screen will be your files in your main directory at Geocities (or whoever your webhost is). If you have subdirectories, those will show as folders at the top of the list, and all the "loose files" will be listed below the subdirectories.|
|Once you have gotten to the correct folder of your files, you can upload them one at a time, or in groups of files. Click on the first file name that you want to upload. It will become highlighted. Click the "upload arrow" (B in the image below) and the file will upload. Takes a few seconds, but you should see that it was successful by the report that shows near the letter D in the image below. If you want to upload a group of files - click the first one in the list, scroll down, hold the "shift" key, and click on the last one. That will highlight them all. Then click the "upload arrow". When all your files have been received, the screen on the right side will refresh and show your files, including the new ones you just added.|
|WS_FTP (and CuteFTP too) has buttons for both your Local Directory and the Remote System
Directory that allows you to: Change Directory (I use the green "up directory" arrows), Make Directories, View files, Exec, Rename, Delete, Refresh, and Directory
That's about it! At least it will get you started. You can open the WS_FTP screen up to fill your whole monitor - makes it easier to see the file listings.
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