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Chapter 10. Publishing the Web Site > Uploading pages with an FTP client

Uploading pages with an FTP client

Dreamweaver file management is a wonderful thing. However, if you're working on documents for which you haven't set up a site in Dreamweaver, an FTP client is the ideal solution. An FTP client also comes in handy when you want to download files from a server — for example, when you're doing a site makeover. Quite a few FTP applications are available. We use CuteFTP. It's relatively inexpensive ($39.95, as of this writing), and is flexible enough to upload an entire Web site. To upload files using CuteFTP, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the application.

    The CuteFTP interface is shown in Figure 10-5 .

    Figure 10-5: A cute interface for a cute application.

  2. Navigate to the folder in which you've stored the files you want to upload.

    The window on the left side of the interface shows the files on your local machine. Click the down arrow to the right of the current folder window to access your system's directory structure.

  3. Click the Quick Connect button.

    The interface reconfigures to show the Host, Username, and Password text fields.

  4. Enter the host URL, username, and password in the appropriate fields.

    You don't have to change the default port. Figure 10-6 shows the proper nomenclature for the site URL.

    Figure 10-6: Beam them up, Scotty.

  5. Click the Connect button.

    CuteFTP connects to the Web site and displays the remote files on the right side of the interface. (See Figure 10-7 .)

    Figure 10-7: Ready for lift off, er, we mean, upload.

  6. In the left window, select the files you want to upload.

  7. Drag the files into the applicable folder in the right window.

    CuteFTP uploads the files to the server. If you're uploading edited files with the same name as those on the remote server, a warning dialog box appears asking if you want to overwrite the files. In some cases, you might want to save the old file in a different folder in case you ever need to revert to it. When we need to save old files, we use CuteFTP to set up a folder called Archive. We copy the previous version of a file to this folder before uploading the new one.


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