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How to create an FTP account in FileZilla

Jan 23, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Web Development

If you are q website owner and want to use your hosting account to upload some files that you want to use for new content on your website, you will need an FTP account, on the server, and you’ll need a FTP client on your PC.

You can ask your web developer or web designer to create an FTP account for you, or you can go into your Cpanel (eg. www.yoursite.com/cpanel) and go to the FTP Accounts section. The process is simple and self explanatory.

You’ll need the FTP login info so you can log in from your PC, here’s a sample login details for an FTP account just created:

  • Host: ftp.mydomain.com
  • Port: 21
  • Protocol: FTP (or if you have a security certificate you can use SFTP, and in this case you’ll have a different port)
  • Username: accountname@mydomain.com
  • Password: mysecurepassword123

Once you have the login info for your FTP account, it’s time to configure an FTP client. The choice app for this is FileZilla, made by the same guys who created Firefox. The Filezilla Download page gives you a list of available downloads for PC, Mac or Linux computers. If you’re a PC user, just download and install the first file on the list. Filezilla 3.5.3 is the latest file to date.

When you install Filezilla and launch the program, you can use the Site Manager to create a new account in four steps:


ftp setup for filezilla


  • Step 1: Open Site Explorer
  • Step 2: Click the New Site button
  • Step 3: Name the new site so you can know where you log into (eg. mysite.com main FTP)
  • Step 4: Fill in the login info:
    • Host: This is usually ftp.YOURDOMAIN.com
    • Port: Enter 21, the default port for FTP connections
    • Protocol: set it to FTP-File Transfer Protocol
    • Encryption: Use plain FTP
    • Logon Type: Normal
    • User: accountname@mydomain.com
    • Password: mysecurepassword123

Click OK, and you’re done, the FTP account is created on your PC, and you can connect by clicking the Connect button.

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