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Configuring your website in WinSCP

Configuring your web site in WinSCP is the first step to using this FTP program to upload and manage your files and folders on the remote server. This tutorial will assume that you have WinSCP already on your computer and have it running, but not connected to another server.

When opened, you will see a login screen. In the session section where it says host name, enter the server address in the box. This is usually ftp.yourdomain.com (where yourdomain.com is substituted with your actual domain) or it can be just the IP address. If your domain name has not yet propagated you will need to use the IP address in this field. In the next two boxes, enter your username and password. Now click on save and in the next pop-up window, click on OK.

Now the next box will ask you to name this session so that you can find the connection again easily. Enter a name in the box that will enable you to remember what this connection was, then click OK. This takes us back to the login screen.

In the right hand window you will see your session with its new name listed. Make sure it is highlighted and click on the login button at the bottom. That's it. You have now successfully connected with your website via FTP using WinSCP. The session is also saved for later use making it easy to login again.

To disconnect, go to the menu bar at the top and click on session. From the drop-down, click on disconnect. You are now disconnected from the remote server.

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