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Configuring your website in SmartFTP

SmartFTP is a desktop program that allows you to make a connection between a local host (your computer) and a remote server (your website). For the purposes of this tutorial, you should have the SmartFTP program running, but not connect to a remote server at this time. The main screen is a large blank window at this time with a panel below it. The panel is your transfer queue, where you can see all the actions as they are taking place and what their status is.

Let's start by clicking on the favorites in the menu in the top of the window.

  • From the drop-down, click on edit favorites to open the favorites window.
  • Click the new folder icon located in the icon menu bar at the top. This will create a new folder in the list on the right hand side of the window.
  • Enter a name for the new favorite by clicking on it and typing in the name

Now we need to configure the properties of the new favorite we have just created. With the new favorite selected:

  • Click on the properties icon (it is located in the icon menu bar and looks like several pages stacked) to open up the properties window.
  • Fill in the details of your website so that SmartFTP can connect to it via FTP. On the line marked host, type the FTP address of the web site. This could be ftp.yourdomain.com, with the yourdomain.com being your actual domain name, or your IP address. However, if your domain name has not propagated yet, you will have to enter the website IP address instead of the domain name.
  • Now go to the login section and enter your FTP username and password.
  • Click OK to complete.

You have now successfully configured your website in SmartFTP by setting it up in favorites. Close the favorites box by clicking the x in the upper right corner.

To connect to your website, click on favorites in the menu bar at the top of the page. From the drop-down, click on the folder name it is located in and then click on the website name itself. You are now connected to your website via FTP.

To disconnect, click the disconnect icon (it looks like a computer with a red x at the end of its power cord).

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