There are numerous ways of managing your website and accessing the data, but if you are looking for the most reliable and popular method, then you must take a look at the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) method, as it is recommended by many experts who have been hosting websites for quite a while. Many web designers also like the FTP method as it allows them to easily upload and download the files from the hosting account along with easy management of the website.


Let us now take a brief look at the basics of FTP

  • The first one is the FTP host, which is used to store your files.
  • Next is the Reminder, which is used when your web hosting domain is pointed towards the name servers. It will make you aware about your FTP host.
  • FTP username is the third one on the list and it is made up of the username that you have chosen for an account or your cPanel username.
  • FTP password is the last one and you can create a specific password that will be exclusive to your FTP account or the cPanel, in case your FTP password has not been processed.

Now, we should take a look at the alternative settings, which are also quite useful

  • Passive Mode: In case of any trouble in connecting via FTP, you must enable the passive mode. This is a security setting and you have to use it in case you have activated a firewall.
  • Port: You will get a default port for all the FTP traffic. Generally, port 21 is the default port in most FTP programs and there is no need to specify it. But, just in case you have been asked, then you should enter the number 21.
  • FTP software: Some of the most prominent examples of the FTP software are, Dreamweaver, FileZilla, SmartFTP and iWeb.
  • FTP Clients:Examples of FTP clients are CuteFTP and FTPclient.

What happens to the uploaded files?

After you get your File Transfer Protocol, you have the permission to upload our website and all the files related to it. But, you must be wondering that, where will all the uploaded files go? It will go to;

  • Main Domain:If you just have a single domain, then the files will automatically be stored in the document root on that domain. Every domain has a document root, as it is an essential part of the domain. In case, you have multiple domains, then the files will be uploaded to the main domain by default. The image uploaded by you in the first place will replace the ‘Hello there’ image on the web hosting hub.
  • Add-on and Sub domains: When you add a new domain, the folders are created automatically for that particular domain. Though, the names of folders will exactly be the same as that of the last domain(s). But, you can easily change the names of the folders for your own comfort.

Steps to make an FTP Account

You can make your own FTP account in three easy steps:

  • You have to log in to the cPanel, then go to the ‘Files’ options and click on the ‘FTP Accounts’ option.
  • Then, you will be easily linked to the FTP account. After that, you have to go to the ‘Directory’ option and type in one forward slash in order to enable the users to gain full access into your File Transfer Protocol account. If you just want to grant access to a specific users or domains, then you have to use ‘public_html’ as the end directory.
  • Then, just click on “Create FTP Account” and you are done.

Once you have created and finalized your FTP account, then your uploaded files will be received by the document root after going through the document index. You have to make sure that the directory index is changed or modified to the default settings, as it will let you enable file loading into several websites at once. You can change the settings for granting access to other users at will. The best thing about FTP account is that it lets you easily transfer files from your database to the hosting and vice versa, thus allowing you to create a better website.

Author Bio: Jeremy Williams, the author of this blog post is a businessman for the past 20 years. He has used various approaches in his business to make it work better. He has explained the importance of FTP guide for web hosting to this readers through this post, so that they can host their website with the right web hosting service but it is recommended to visit web hosting review websites such as before choose any web hosting service providers.