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How To Setup FTP Using Filezilla

Overview

Among the various free FTP programs available to download on the internet for Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux, Bluehost recommends Filezilla. It can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.filezilla-project.org.



What You Need

  1. A Bluehost hosting account.
  2. Filezilla installed and running on your computer.
  3. Your FTP username and password
  4. A domain that points to your Bluehost hosting account or your server's IP address.

To know more about FTP in general prior to using FileZilla, please see Intro to FTP.

The Site Manager

To create a connection in FileZilla, you will need to use the site manager.

  1. Click File and open the Site Manager.
    filezilla-site-manager
  2. Click the New Site button.
    filezilla-site-manager-new-site
  3. Enter a name for the new site.
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  4. Enter the following settings:
    • Host: Your Domain Name or server IP address.
    • Port: 21
    • Protocol: FTP - File Transfer Protocol
    • Encryption: Use plain FTP
    • Logon Type: Ask for Password
    • User: Your control panel username or the username of an FTP account

      If you are not familiar with what your control panel username or FTP username is, please visit this article to know more.

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  5. Click the Transfer Settings tab. Then select the Limit number of simultaneous connections checkbox and set the limit to 8.
    filezilla-site-manager-transfer-settings
  6. Click the Connect button.
  7. You will be prompted for your password; enter it, and click OK.

Once you click connect, it should connect to the server and allow you to download and upload files by dragging and dropping files and folders between the local and remote site sections.

Connecting

After setting up your website in Site Manager, you can open Site Manager and click the connect button. You will not have to enter your settings again.