Creating a "Network Place" in Windows - the alternative FTP

While using a standard FTP client is the normal process for transferring your files to and from the web server, there is an easier way using the built-in capabilities of Windows.

The instructions below apply to Windows XP

1) Click on the "Start" Button, and then "My Network Places".
2) Under the "Network Tasks" section (on the left), clcik on "Add a Network Place".
3) Click Next to start the Wizard.
4) Select the "Choose another Network Location" option and click Next.
5) Type in the following address: ftp://yourdomain.com/public_html (replacing yuordomain.com with your actual domain).
6) Remove the Tick in the "anonymous login" box, and instead enter your login username (as provided in the email sent to you when the account was created). Click Next.
7) Choose a Name for your Network Place (eg: "My Website"). Click Next.
8) Click Finish to close the wizard.


Now you can "open" your website folder by browsing to your Network Places (Start Menu > My Network Places), and double clicking the relevant Internet folder. You'll be asked to provide your password (as provided in the email sent to you when the account was created) which you can save for future logins. Click Login.

Windows will open your web hosting account (at the correct "public_html" folder), which you can use just like any windows folder. To upload files, just drag and drop the files/folders from your own computer into this window. 
 
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