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IT Division - Website Hosting

Using FileZilla for Uploading to Personal / Professional Websites

Please follow the instructions below to upload files to the server using the FileZilla FTP Client. By default you don't have to configure FileZilla, so you can start directly working with the program.

To install Filezilla, please go to the Filezilla website and select the proper download from below for your computer. The link to the Filezilla download page is here:
FileZilla Download Page 

Setting Up Your Site
  1. Go to the "File" menu at the top and click "Site Manager". You can also press CTRL+S to start the Site Manager. You will be shown a window similar to the one below.

    Use the Site Manager to setup your site in FileZilla

  2. Click "New Site" (highlighted in red above) and type a name for your site and hit "Enter". This name is just how your website will be identified on your local computer. Make this something easy to remember and recognizable.
  3. Under the "General" tab, enter the following information:

    SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol
    Your WKU NetID
    Your WKU NetID password

    The screenshot below shows a completed General tab.

    Fill out the General Tab in FileZilla

  4. Click on the "Advanced" tab, and use the following settings:

    Default (Autodetect)
    Default local directory:
    Click the browse button and locate the folder on your computer where you will store the files that belong to this website
    Default remote directory:
    /export/home/abc12345 (where abc12345 is your NetID)

    The screenshot below shows a completed Advanced tab.

    Fill out the Advanced tab in FileZilla

  5. You may now click on "Connect" button to connect to the remote server.

Uploading Your Site

After a successful connection attempt, a list of files and folders from the server appears on the right side of the main window. The current folder is listed in the "Remote site" field. Below the "Remote site" field, you will see the remote directory tree, and below that are the contents of the current remote folder.

In the left pane, you will see a list of the files on your computer. The "Local site" field shows your current folder. Below the "Local site" field, you will see your local computer directory tree, and below that are the contents of the current local folder.

  1. To upload files, highlight the file or folder in the local window pane that you want to send to the server.
  2. Once highlighted, right-click the file and click "Upload". It should instantly send the file or folder to the server.

    Click upload to upload your files or folders in FileZilla
  3. Your site should now be accessible on the internet at (where first.last123 is your email address).

    Note: The top pane is the ftp log, and can be very helpful in determining problems with connections and transfers. If you are experiencing problems, this is the first place you should look.

If you have any questions or need more help please contact the IT Helpdesk at (270) 745-7000.

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Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
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 Last Modified 9/25/14