FTP Tutorial Using the Free FileZilla Client

I was pretty surprised to get this email the other day…

For the last week, I’ve been helping a blogger with a few things on his site.  In one of the pointers I gave him, I talked about uploading a file to his site.  What I found interested was he didn’t know how to do this.

So today, I want to show a tutorial I found on YouTube about how to use FTP.  This is the piece of software you use to transfer files from your computer onto your website.  For more on FTP, here’s the “official” Wikipedia definition:

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol used to copy a file from one host to another over a TCP/IP-based network, such as the Internet. FTP is built on a client-server architecture and utilizes separate control and data connections between the client and server applications, which solves the problem of different end host configurations (i.e., Operating System, file names).[1]  FTP is used with user-based password authentication or with anonymous user access.

To be honest, I’m not really sure if you can FTP anything to a blog that hosted on free sites like Blogger.com or WordPress.com.  I’ve only used it for sites that I’ve personally registered and hosted.

Well in this video, you’ll find a great FTP tutorial using the FileZilla client.   This is a free program that I’ve been using for a number of years:

I know this might be pretty basic for some people reading this.  But I wanted to make sure that everyone understands how this process works.

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7 thoughts on “FTP Tutorial Using the Free FileZilla Client”

  1. Yeah pretty basic but it’s explained well (at least how to transfer files). Anyone can probably follow this.

    If you don’t want to leave your browser (specifically FireFox) you can use FireFTP (browser add-on) which has basically the same functionality as FileZilla but without adding up to your list of installed applications and opened windows.


    There are alternative add-ons for FF and other browsers. I personally use FireFTP.

    Have a good one.
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    • Excellent suggestion! I’ll have to look into this one…this definitely might help with my productivity since I’m constantly opening and closing my FTP program.

  2. Hi Steve,

    This tutorial is really helpful. It can get pretty tough as a beginner when you have no idea what you’re doing.

    The video makes it really easy to follow along. Thanks.

    • Glad you liked it.

      Quick question…do you think I should put more videos that are centered around the “absolute newbie?” I tend to have blinders on when it comes to some things and I forget that there are a lot of basic things that many people don’t know how to do.

  3. Hi Steve,

    Yes, I think more videos for beginners would be a great idea. There’s a lot of information about internet marketing out there.

    But, just imagine being a beginner. Where do you start? Who do you trust to buy a course from?

    So, yes, I’d really like more how-to videos.

    • All excellent points. I kinda feel stupid for forgetting that there are some fundamental techniques that most people don’t cover. Will take your advice into consideration and start cranking out some of what you suggested.

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