How to Upload WordPress Files to Your Computer

By Amy Lupold Bair

Do you have your files unzipped? Great! Now, the WordPress installation process gets a little more technical. You need to upload these unzipped files to your web hosting space by using an FTP (file transfer protocol) client. If you don’t have an FTP client installed on your computer, you have plenty of free options that you can download and install.

The following are two great FTP clients:

  • FileZilla: Available for all computer platforms
  • Cyberduck: Available only for Macintosh computers
Filezilla
This FileZilla interface, which has the hard drive on the left and the web server on the right, is similar to most other FTP client interfaces.

Both of these programs have the capability to connect and transfer files to your new web host. To place the WordPress files on your web host, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install the FTP client of your choice.
    Look for installation instructions on the FTP software website.
  2. Start your FTP client.
  3. Connect to your web server by using the details that your web host provided you for FTP access.
    These details usually include a URL, username, and password.
    The directory in which you store the WordPress files is normally the main directory that you see when you connect via FTP. Check with your web host if you’re confused.
  4. Using the FTP software, upload the WordPress files from your computer to the server.
    In some FTP clients, you can drag and drop the WordPress files to the location on the web host. Others use arrow interfaces.
  5. When the files finish uploading, close your FTP client.

At some point in the future, you may need to upload additional files (although WordPress is fairly good at doing most of its updates directly through the interface). That said, make sure to retain the information that you used to connect to your web host.