Uploading and managing your files and folders using CuteFTP

The purpose of this tutorial is to teach you how to upload files and folders using the program CuteFTP. We will also teach you how to manage those files and folders once they are uploaded. To begin, we will assume that you have the FTP program CuteFTP already installed and running on your computer, but not connected to a remote server.

The main screen should be open and you will see two windows. The one on the left is the local host, or your computer and the one on the right is the remote server, or your website, if that is where you are connecting to. There is a large panel across the bottom that will note all your activity and will keep updating as tasks are completed.

Now, let's start by learning how to upload files and folders to a remote server from your computer. You need to find the site manager icon in the menu bar of icons (the one thatlooks like an open book). Click on it to open the site manager window where you will see your site listed in the left hand window. If your site is not already configured, please see the tutorial Configuring your website in CuteFTP.

Select your site by clicking on it, then click connect at the bottom of the window. This will open a small prompt window, you need to click OK again, and now you are connected and ready to upload. You should now have both windows open, the left window should be displaying your local computer files and the right hand window is displaying the remote server files.

To upload files, the first thing you need to do is select the correct place for them to go in the remote server window. Once you have determined where you are going to upload the files to, go to your local computer (left hand side) window and select the files you want to upload. To select more than one file, hold down the CTRL key while making your selections. When you are ready to upload, go to the icon menu and locate the upload icon (the green arrow). Click on this icon to start transferring files to the remote server.

To download a file from the remote server to your local computer, first select the file or files then go to the icon menu and click the green down arrow. The file(s) will now download to your local computer.

To close the connection with the remote server, click on the disconnect icon (the one that looks like a plug being unplugged).

This part of the tutorial deals with managing those files and folders. You should have CuteFTP running and be connected to a remote server at this time. Let's begin by creating a new folder in the remote server. There are two ways to create a new folder. In the icon menu at the top, click on the new folder icon that looks like a folder. This will give you a window called new folder with a box for you to type a name for the new folder. When you are done, click OK.

The other way is to right click anywhere in the remote server window. This will bring up a sub-menu and you will select new folder. Again, it will bring up the window for you to name the folder.

To rename a folder, right click the folder then from the sub-menu, click on rename. Type the new name in the highlighted box to complete. Files can also be renamed the same way as folders.

To delete a file or folder, first make sure it is highlighted. Then go to the icon menu and locate the big red X, over the remote server window. Click on this to delete. CuteFTP will ask you to confirm that you wish to delete, so click on the yes button. That file or folder is now deleted.

The next step is to learn how to change permissions. In the remote server window you need to select the file for which you want to change permissions. Then from the icon menu, find the properties icon which is a sheet of paper with a red check mark. Click on the properties Icon to open the properties window for the file you selected. To change permissions, simply enter the new permissions value in the box provided or check the appropriate permission checkboxes. When you are done, click apply then click OK. Your permission have now been changed.

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