How to Upload Files to a Web Server

by Louise Balle

One crucial part of building a website is learning how to upload your files to your web server. The web server is the computer that produces your website. Your web server directory is similar to the directory of files on your computer's hard drive; only the documents are remotely stored by the hosting provider. Uploading files to your web server is a straightforward task that becomes simpler to complete once you get used to the process.

Use FileZilla to upload your files to your web server (see Resources.) This is a free software program designed for beginners. Log into the console using the information provided by your web hosting provider (domain, account username, and password). When you log in, navigate to the folder on your computer containing your web files and then drag and drop the file to your web server. This software works on almost all platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Manage your web server files using Ipswitch WS_FTP. This software, which contains advanced security features to protect your file transfers, is available for a fee (see Resources.) Establish your connection using your login details provided by your web hosting service, then view your files side by side---the local (computer) files show on the left and the web server files show on the right side. Click the "Transfer" arrows to move files from your computer to the web server side. This software works on Windows systems.

Transfer files to your web server using SmartFTP. SmartFTP is a paid FTP software option but you can start uploading web server files free for 30 days to get the hang of the tool (see Resources.) After logging in with your account details (username and password,) you'll view a series of windows that contain your computer files and web server, and preview windows that show you what you're about to transfer before taking any action. Upload files to your web server by dragging and dropping them to the window pane containing your remote web files, or schedule a recurring transfer to occur automatically if you wish. This option is compatible with Windows operating systems.

About the Author

Louise Balle has been writing Web articles since 2004, covering everything from business promotion to topics on beauty. Her work can be found on various websites. She has a small-business background and experience as a layout and graphics designer for Web and book projects.