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File Transfer Protocol

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The FTP program Core FTP Lite, is free to windows users.

BlazeFtp is a multiple-session and cache-enabled ftp client with offline searching capability. It's slim, easy to use and powerful. You can learn to use it in several minutes. BlazeFtp also has many special features making esp. convenient to be used by webmasters.


FTP met browser

De meeste website makers hebben geen extra FTP-programma nodig. Hosting providers verschaffen hun klanten vaak een File Manager, waarmee de klanten hun files één voor één kunnen uploaden.

Als de provider zijn FTP-instellingen beschikbaar stelt, dan kun je middels de IE-browser met je eigen account files up- en down-loaden.

Zelf heb ik geen hccnet-account; wèl een Tripod-account, waarmee ik met de IE-browser FTP bedrijf. Toch neem ik de vrijheid hen met een hccnet-abonnement te adviseren.

Als je reeds een hosting-account hebt bij hccnet, dan maak je middels de browser contact met je account door in het adresveld van de browser te typen:

Er verschijnt een pop-up inlog formulier.
Daarin type je je membername en je password. (meestal is je membername al automatisch ingevuld en moet je alleen je password intypen) Top

Dan zie je het FTP-browser-venster van je account: je root-map met daarin mogelijk andere mappen en de files die je eerder hebt geüpload.

Nu open je windows-verkenner in een kleiner venster en zoek de files op die je wilt uploaden.

Vervolgens selecteer je de bewuste files en sleep ze naar je FTP-browser-venster en laat ze daarin los.

Bovenstaande procedure wordt goed beschreven in een verhaal van Tripod, dat hieronder volgt:

Use Internet Explorer as your means of FTP. Step one would be, to open Internet Explorer.

Go to the address bar (the place where you type in the site you want to go to), and type in Press Enter to go that site.

It's asking for a username, and password. What do I tell it? We'd hoped this one would be obvious, but maybe not. Enter your Tripod membername, and password. Do not enter your domain name, if you have one as part of your hosting with us. Only enter your membername. Your membername is the beginning of your Tripod URL. ( (NB bij hccnet:

I'm in! What now?
You should see a view that looks a lot like the files you browser through on your computer. If it's the first time you're logging into the account, you should see a folder called cgi-bin, and an HTML file. The index.html file, is the "main" page people will see when they come to your website. So, if you're changing that, be sure your "main" page, is titled as index.html.

Now, the uploading part. Open an Explorer window, and locate the files on your computer that you want to display on your website (including your images). Highlight them. (You can upload as many as you want at once, or as many as your internet connection can handle). You can copy and paste those files right into the FTP window. That's it. The files are now in your Tripod webspace.

Anything important I should know?
In relation to FTPing the files to your webspace? Yes, here's a few things to keep in mind: Top

Your file names, and images need to be HTML compliant. That means no spaces within their names, and no non-alphanumeric characters.

You can't create subdirectories (folders) from FTP, that needs to be done from the File Manager within your Tripod account.

If you delete a file from your FTP site, it's your responsibility to put it back. You can't write into us, and ask us to "restore" it, or "put it back" for you. We don't regularly back up your files. That's why you're using FTP after all, you can use it to back up your website.

Back up? What do you mean?
Back up. You know, like a copy of the site on your computer. So, in case you delete some files accidentally from your webspace, you can put them back, and not have to create everything from scratch. That wouldn't be much fun, would it?

How do I do that?
Well, FTP works the same in both directions. We already went over how to upload the files via FTP. To back up your files, or download them, simply follow the steps in the reverse direction. Locate the files within your FTP window, highlight them. Copy and paste them onto your computer (in whatever folder you want to keep them in.) Top

My friend said I needed to get an FTP program, is that true?
Well, if you've got money to spend, and want an FTP program, go for it. Who are we to tell you that you can't buy one? By all means, if you want to use an FTP program, go for it. Here's a link to our our help section, regarding FTP Programs and access.

I've already got an FTP program. How do I set it up to work with Tripod?
Here's the info you'll need to use an FTP program:

Host name:
User ID: Your Tripod member name
Password: Your Tripod password
Directory: Leave this field empty to FTP to your root directory (you can choose a subdirectory later if you wish) Top

Once you've got your web pages ready, you need some FTP software to upload them to Rootsweb. I'm using FileZilla filezilla, because it is what my partner, a software engineer, suggested. It's free, and I find it easy to use. The Help is quite good, and although I didn't do the installation and setup I think I could from reading the Help. The basic steps in FileZilla are:

1) log in
2) identify the files you want to upload from your computer (on the left of the screen)
3) identify where you want the files to go on the Rootsweb server (on the right of the screen)
4) drag the files from the listing on the left (your computer) to the folder on the right (Rootsweb) Top

If you are using a FTP utility, the server address is

If you are using Windows Explorer, the address is

Are PDF files allowed on freepages now? I thought the agreement I saw when I signed up for my freepages account said that PDF's were the one file type I was not supposed to use since they couldn't display the ad banners that pay for our free web space?