FTP Using Windows Explorer

When you need to be able to publish files to a web site or other FTP (File Transfer Protocol) based server, you can avoid the cost of buying an FTP program by using the FTP utility built into Windows Explorer. The following is a guide on how to set up Windows Explorer to connect to a remote server for file transfer.

  1. Open Windows Explorer by right-clicking the Start button and left-clicking Explore
  2. Click on the Tools button at the top of the page then click on Map Network Drive 
  3. When the new window opens, click on the link: Sign up for online storage or connect to a network server
  4. When the wizard opens, click Next
  5. Highlight "Choose another network location", Click Next
  6. Type the following in the "Internet or network address:" box: ftp://yourdomain.com, Click Next 
  7. Uncheck the Log On Anonymously box and in the User Name box type in the user name you were given, Click Next
  8. In the "Type a name for this network place" box, type in the name with which you would like to identify the FTP site. (when finished, this name will appear in left "Folders" column of Windows Explorer under My Network Places) Click Next
  9. Uncheck the "Open this network place when I click Finish" box and then click Finish
  10. You will see that the name that you gave the network place is now under the "My Network Places" portion of the left "Folders" column of Windows Explorer
  11. If you click on the FTP site network place name a new box will open that asks for the password to the FTP site. Type in the password, click OK and Windows Explorer will connect to the FTP site
  12. Under the FTP site name in the Folders column, you will see the listing of available folders on the remote server for the FTP site

You can now use the folders section to browse to a file on your local drive and then "drag and drop" the file to the appropriate FTP site folder. The file is transferred to the remote server and is immediately available on the Internet.

Caution: This is good for "putting" files to the server, but you may not be able to delete files or otherwise manage a file with the same flexibility as a good FTP program.