Once you've got WS_FTP up and running on your computer, you'll want to start making the most of it. To get going, you can use the typical way offered by most FTP clients:
But WS_FTP also offers a guided way to get connected: the Connection Wizard.
The first time you start WS_FTP you'll see the connection wizard.
If you close the connection wizard, not to worry. Here's how you get it back:
1. Click the Connections menu.
2. Select New Connection.
The Connection Wizard will take you step by step through making a connection. Here's the information that you'll need:
Once you've entered that information into the Connection Wizard, you need only to click the Finish button to connect. That's all there is to it.
Here's an example of the information you would enter into the Connection Wizard to connect to your ExaVault account:
Note: When you connect to an SFTP site for the first time, you will see a message about an untrusted key.
After you've connected with the Connection Wizard, take a look at the top of the screen: the Quick Connect toolbar has been filled in for you. It's a bit like the address bar in a web browser: it shows the FTP site you are connected to.
If you'd like to use the Quick Connect toolbar to connect, you'll need the same information that you needed for the Connection Wizard.
1. Enter your server name into the Address box.
2. Enter your user name into the UserID box.
3. Enter your password into the Password box.
4. Click the Connect to URL button.
If you'd like to specify the connection protocol to use (for example, SFTP/SSH), you'll want to add the Connection Type button to the Quick Connect toolbar:
1. Click the ▼ button at the end of the Quick Connect toolbar.
2. Select Add or Remove Buttons > Quick Connect > Connection Type.
(It may read FTP or SSH Connection or FTP-SSL.)
Adding this button will enable you to pick the type of connection to use on the fly. If you don't know which one to use, we suggest that you use SFTP.
To disconnect from the FTP server, simply click the Disconnect button in the main toolbar.
The Connection Panes are where you see files on your computer and on the server. WS_FTP follows the typical FTP client conventions for the layout of the Connection Panes:
Transferring files is a snap in WS_FTP:
1. Select the file(s) to transfer.
2. Execute the transfer. You can use either of these methods:
Uploading files involve moving files from your computer to the FTP server. To upload files you can use either method of executing a transfer:
Downloading files is like uploading – except in the opposite direction. Downloading transfers files from your FTP to your computer. Like uploading, you can use either method of transfer:
The folders button will pop open an explorer tree to the left of the file list. Simply click the [+] icons to expand folders and navigate through the folders.
WS_FTP also offers:
WS_FTP supports the following protocols for connecting to your FTP server:
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