A FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client is a software that enables you to upload files to your webhost server. There are a plenty of them available on Internet and are both free and paid. The most popular one of those free FTP clients is FileZilla as it supports a variety of features and is “at times” better than a paid FTP client.
But if you are using Windows on your PC, then you don’t really need any external FTP software to transfer files.
All versions of Windows (since Windows 98) have an inbuilt FTP functionality. That means you can access your Website’s FTP using your Windows Explorer. The primary advantage of using this method is that you can upload and download files from your website just as you move or copy files in Windows.
Windows 7 / Vista
- Go to Start Menu and click on “Computer”:
- Now in the “Computer” window click on “Map Network Drive” in the menu bar:
- A network configuration wizard appears. On this new window click on “Connect to a website that you can use to store your documents and pictures”
- Now a new window titled “Add Network Location” will appear. Click on “Next” to proceed:
- On this new Window, select “Choose a custom network location” and click next:
- Now type your Website’s FTP login URL in the textbox provided and click on Next:
- In the next window, type in your FTP username and click on Next:
- On the next window that appears, type a preffered name for your “Network Location”:
- Click “Finish” on the next window and you’ll be done. Now go to your “Computer” once again and you’ll see a new network location there:
- Now click on that new “Network Location” and you’ll see a dialog box as in the image below. Just type in your username & password in the two fields provided and click on “Log On”:
You have now connected your Website’s FTP to your Windows Explorer (on Windows 7/Vista) without using any external FTP client. You can now upload or download files and folders to/from your server just like it’s another folder on your PC.
- On Windows XP, type your FTP Login URL in your Windows Explorer “Address Bar”.
- Enter your FTP login details in the dailog box that follows:
That’s it! You have now successfully setup FTP on your Windows Explorer. If you have any questions, concerns, comments etc. then please leave a comment below!
(The above post was originally written for my old blog but has now been migrated to this blog)