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Connecting to your server is fast and easy when using FTP access. InMotion Hosting has the cPanel File Manager that you can use to upload files to your server; however, the File Manager requires you to upload one file at a time. With FTP, you can upload all your files to your server at once.
You DO NOT have to create an FTP account to connect to your server. If you use the cPanel username and password, you can connect directly to your servers “Home” directory. If you are not sure what the “Home” directory is, please see our article on What directory should I put my files in?.
Quick Start Guide to using FTP
|Username||cPanel Username (For example: userna99)|
How to View your FTP Settings:
- Login to cPanel.
- Under Files click the FTP Accounts button.
- In the Special FTP Accounts section, you will see an icon of a little person , click the Configure FTP Client link to the right, and you will see your settings displayed:
What is FTP?
Connecting to FTP can be done in several ways. You can connect to your server using a program like FileZilla, WP_FTP, or CyberDuck, or you can use an HTML editor like DreamWeaver or Notepad++. No matter what way you are connecting to your server, you will need to use the correct credentials to connect. The following sections will explain how to connect to your server using FTP.
Different Available FTP Programs
HTML editors that use FTP
Connecting to FTP with your cPanel user
To connect to your account via FTP using your cPanel user credentials, you need to use the username and password for your cPanel. you can get your username by Viewing Your Account’s technical information in AMP.
|Host name||The FTP host is what your program uses to find your server. You have several options for your FTP host, and all will work the same. An example of what your host name looks like are as follows:|
Note! If your domain is not pointing to our server (See What is a name server? and Updating your domain’s dns / nameservers), you can use the Server host name or the server IP address to connect with FTP. otherwise you will get an error when trying to connect using FTP.
|Username||Connecting with the cPanel user will use your cPanel username. This is the Username found in your AMP Technical Details.|
|Password||Your FTP password can also be your cPanel username’s password, unless you never reset your cPanel password. If you never reset your cPanel password, then the cPanel password should be the same as the AMP password. If not, you can reset your password. Please see our article Resetting your cPanel password using AMP.|
|Port||This is the port you connect to your server through. For standard FTP you will use port 21. SFTP will use port 22 for VPS and dedicated servers. Shared servers will connect to SFTP via port 2222.|
|Directory||The main directory for your domain will be public_html. If you are using the cPanel username, you will use “public_html” if your program requires a directory to be specified.|
Creating Additional FTP Accounts
Your “Home” directory stores all your emails and other personal information on your server. You may want to restrict access to the specific folder location for a web developer to access your files without accessing your mail folder. You can set up an FTP account to do this. If you want to restrict access for a web developer to just a specific folder, you can create an FTP account to limit access.
Using a Created FTP account
Troubleshooting: Using Passive mode
While the above guide will work with most popular FTP programs, specialized FTP clients like WS_FTP may require additional configuration.