Using FTP to Upload Content to Your WordPress Blog - dummies

Using FTP to Upload Content to Your WordPress Blog

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a method you can use for your WordPress blog to move files from one place to another — for example, from your computer to your web-hosting account. This method is referred to as uploading. The capability to use FTP with your hosting account is a given for almost every web host on the market today.

Using FTP to transfer files requires an FTP client. Many FTP clients are available for download. Following are some good (and free) ones:

Your web host gives you a username and password for your account, including an FTP IP address. (Usually, the FTP address is the same as your domain name, but check with your web host because addresses may vary.) It is this information — the username, password, and FTP IP address — that you insert into the FTP program to connect it to your hosting account.

The directory on the left is the listing of files on a computer; the directory on the right shows the listing of files on a hosting account.


FTP clients make it easy to transfer files from your computer to your hosting account by using a drag-and-drop method. Simply click the file on your computer that you want to transfer, drag it over to the side that lists the directory on your hosting account, and drop it.

Depending on the FTP client you’re working with, you can refer to its user manuals or support documentation for detailed information on how to use the program.