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FTP (File Transfer Protocol) Instructions

USING WS_FTP (WINDOWS 3.x/95/NT)

USING FETCH (MACINTOSH)


USING WS_FTP (WINDOWS 3.x/95/NT)

WS_FTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client made by IPSwitch. FTP Client software is needed in order to upload and download files to and from the server. We have chosen to support WS_FTP because of its ease of use and features. You may choose to use a different FTP client. Aside for differences in the program interface, the basic steps outlined in these instructions should still apply.

Note: If you have followed these instructions fully, but are unable to connect to our server, please refer to IPSwitch's WS_FTP FAQ.


DOWNLOAD WS_FTP

First, you must have a copy of WS_FTP. You can download WS_FTP from the EdgeWorld.Com FTP through your web browser by selecting one of the links below.

Once you have finished dowloading the file, install WS_FTP on your computer.


SETTING THE SESSION PROPERTIES

When you open WS_FTP you will see a window with the caption
Session Properties. Before you can connect to the EdgeWorld server, you will need to set some of the fields in this window.

CREATING A PROFILE

The first step is to provide a name for your profile. Enter a meaningful name in the Profile Name field (for example, Website).

SETTING THE HOST NAME/ADDRESS

The Host Name/Address field instructs the program to connect to a specific host. Enter your domain name in the text field (for example, yourname.com).

SETTING THE HOST TYPE

The Host Type field specifies what kind of protocol and operating system the webserver is using. By default, the field will be set to Automatic Detect. This value is suitable and should not be changed.

SETTING THE USER ID

The User ID field indicates to the server which user is attempting to log in. When you signed up with EdgeWorld, you chose a login name (also referred to as your user ID). Enter that user ID in this text field (for example, mylogin).

SETTING THE PASSWORD

This field supplies the server with the password for the user ID (login) attempting to access the server. Enter your correct password in this field. If the password is incorrect, WS_FTP will dispay the message 503 Login incorrect when you try to connect to the server.

  • If you have forgotten your password, refer to the email that was sent you when you ordered your account. The login name and password you specified are included in that email message.

  • If you have changed your password, be sure to enter your current password. Old passwords will no longer work.
When you enter your password, the field will display asterisks (*).

SAVING YOUR PASSWORD

To the right of the password field there is a checkbox labeled Save Pwd. Make sure this box is checked. This enables WS_FTP to remember your password on all future connections.

Make sure that you do not place a check in the Anonymous checkbox field. Checking this box will cause you to log into our server using anonymous access and you will be unable to access your files.

OTHER FIELDS

You will also see other fields such as Account and Comment on the Session Properties window. You can just leave these fields blank.

When you are finished, the window should look something like this:

Profile Name:
Host Name/Address:
Host Type:
User ID: Anonymous
Password: Save Pwd
Account:
Comment:  
You now are ready to connect to the EdgeWorld server.


CONNECTING TO THE EDGEWORLD SERVER

Click the
OK button on the Session Properties window (if Session Properties is not visible, click the Connect button on the main window). WS_FTP will attempt to log into your directory on the server.

Assuming you set all the fields correctly, as described in the Setting the Session Properties section, you should now be logged into your directory.

The main window of WS_FTP should now be displayed:

Local System
^ Name Date ChgDir
..
home.htm    981210
logo.gif     981201
photo.jpg    981205
products.htm 981210
order.htm    981210
[-a-]
[-c-]
[-d-]
MkDir
*.*
View
Exec
Rename
Delete
Refresh
DirInfo

Remote System
^ Name Date ChgDir
..
cgi-bin      981201






MkDir
*.*
View
Exec
Rename
Delete
Refresh
DirInfo
ASCII     Binary      Auto
Notice that the window contains two panels,
Local System and Remote System. The Local System panel contains a list of files and directories on your local computer. The Remote System panel displays a list of the files and directories contained in your account.

You are now ready to begin uploading and downloading files, and setting permissions.


UPLOADING AND DOWNLOADING FILES

Before you start uploading files to the server, you need to make sure the transfer mode option is set correctly. Different files require different methods of uploading. For example, images (such as .JPG and .GIF), audio files (.MID and .WAV), and executable and archive files (.EXE, .ZIP, .TAR, etc.) must be uploaded in binary mode. Text files (.TXT) and HTML files (.HTM, .HTML, and .SHTML) must be uploaded in ASCII mode.

Make sure to check the Auto checkbox at the bottom-middle of the window. This setting will enable WS_FTP to use the appropriate transfer mode for each file uploaded.

You want to make sure the directory that contains your web pages is displayed in the Local System filelist. The filelist works in the same manner as standard Windows file dialogs. You can recurse directories by double-clicking on them. Click on the up-arrow glyph to return to the previous directory level.

Now you can begin uploading files to the server. You can do this in either of two ways:

  • Double click the highlighted file under the Local System filelist--the file will automatically be copied from your computer into your directory on the server.

    or

  • Left click the desired file in the Local System filelist and then click the button with the arrow pointing to the Remote System filelist (located between the two panels).
That's it! You have just uploaded a file from your computer to your directory on the EdgeWorld server.

Downloading files involves the same process as uploading, only you are transferring a file from the server to your local computer:

  • Double click the highlighted file under the Remote System filelist--the file will automatically be copied from the server to your computer.

    or

  • Left click the desired file in the Remote System filelist and then click the button with the arrow pointing to the Local System filelist.
WS_FTP allows you to upload and download multiple files and/or directories at once. To select multiple files to upload or download, simply hold down on the Shift key while clicking on the filenames.


UPLOADING AND DOWNLOADING DIRECTORIES

For uploading and downloading entire directories, you use the same procedures as with individual files: simply select the desired directory, then double-click it or press the arrow key to transfer it.

WS_FTP will prompt you:

Do you want to transfer the selected directory structures?

   

Select Yes. WS_FTP will then transfer the directory including all files and subdirectories within it.

As with files, WS_FTP allows you to transfer more than one directory at a time. Hold down on the Shift key while you select the directories. You can even select a combination of directories and files to transfer.


CREATING DIRECTORIES

WS_FTP allows you to easily create directories on your computer and on the server.

Simply click on the MkDir button for the local system (to create a directory on your computer) or remote system (to create a directory on the server). You will see the following prompt:

Enter new remote directory name:



In the edit field, enter a name for the directory you would like created. Then click OK and the new directory will appear in the filelist. It is now available for you to access.


RENAMING FILES AND DIRECTORIES

As some point, you may want to rename files and directories within your account. WS_FTP allows you to rename one file or directory at a time.

First select the file or directory you want renamed by clicking on it. Then click the Rename button for the local system (to rename a file/directory on your computer) or remote system (to rename a file/directory on the server). You will see the following prompt:

Enter new name for "[filename]":



Then click OK and the file or directory will appear with the new name.

Note: When renaming files, WS_FTP does not retain the file extension. You will need to type the complete filename including the extension.


DELETING FILES AND DIRECTORIES

As some point, you may want to remove files and directories from your account. WS_FTP allows you to easily delete individual or multiple files and/or directories at the same time.

First select the file or directory to be deleted by clicking on it. You can also select multiple files and/or directories by holding down on the Shift key. Then click the Delete button for the local system (to delete a file/directory on your computer) or remote system (to delete a file/directory on the server). You will see a prompt like this:

Are you sure you want to delete "[filename]"?

   

Click Yes and the file(s) and/or directory(ies) will be deleted.

Note: If you are attempting to delete a directory, make sure the directory is empty. WS_FTP will not allow you to delete a directory that contains files or subdirectories.


VIEWING FILES ON THE SERVER

With WS_FTP, you can view files on the server without downloading them.

To view a file, first select it by clicking on the filename. Then right-click on the filename. From the pop-up menu, select View file. WS_FTP will then display the selected file using Notepad.

Note: If you wish to edit the files, you must first download them. You can only edit files on your local computer.


SETTING PERMISSIONS ON FILES AND DIRECTORIES

This option is primarly used for CGI/Perl scripts but can also be used to restrict people from accessing certain files or directories within your account.

You can only select one file or directory at a time to set permissions.

To set the permissions, first select the file or directory and then right-click on it. Select chmod (UNIX) from the pop-up menu. You will see the following window:

Owner

Read
Write
Execute

Group

Read
Write
Execute

Other

Read
Write
Execute

These are usually only applicable on UNIX hosts.

You can now set the permissions (owner, group, world) for the file or directory, by checking the appropriate items.


USING FETCH (MACINTOSH)

If you are a Macintosh user and would like to use Fetch, the following websites offer tutorials:


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