Connect to Your WordPress Blog's Web Server via FileZilla FTP Client - dummies

Connect to Your WordPress Blog’s Web Server via FileZilla FTP Client

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

The FileZilla FTP client is very easy to use for your WordPress blog, and the cost is free ninety-nine (that’s open source geek-speak for free!). To connect to your web server via the FileZilla FTP client, follow these few steps:

1Open the FTP client software on your local computer.

Locate the program on your computer and click (or double-click) the program icon to launch the program. By default, the left side of the window displays a directory of files and folders on the local computer.

The right side of the window displays content when the FileZilla client is connected to a web server; specifically, it shows directories of the web server’s folders and files.

2Choose File→Site Manager to open the Site Manager utility.

The Site Manger utility appears.

Click the New Site button.

3Type a name for your site that helps you identify the site.

This site name can be anything you want it to be because it isn’t part of the connection data you add in the next steps. Here, the name My Site is used.

4Enter the FTP server in the Host field.

Host is the same as the FTP server information provided to you when you set up the FTP account on your web server. In the example, the FTP server is, so that’s entered in the Host field.

5Enter the FTP port in the Port field.

Typically, in most hosting environments, FTP uses port 21, and this never changes. However, double-check your port number and enter it in the Port field.

6Select the server type.

FileZilla asks you to select a server type (as do most FTP clients). Choose FTP – File Transfer Protocol from the Protocol drop-down menu.

7Select the logon type.

FileZilla gives you several different logon types to choose from (as do most FTP clients). Choose Normal from the Logon Type drop-down menu.

8Enter your username in the Username field.

This is the username given to you in the FTP settings.

9Type your password in the Password field.

This is the password given to you in the FTP settings.

10Click the Connect button.

This step connects your computer to your web server. The directory of folders and files from your local computer display on the left side of the FileZilla FTP client window, and the directory of folders and files on your web server display on the right side.