How to Use FTP

In this tutorial, will give you a step-by-step guide on how to use FTP via FileZilla to access all of your WordPress files regardless of which hosting service you use!

What is FTP?

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It is essential for:

Downloading WordPress files to backup

Adding manual plugins and themes

Uploading manual images and other kinds of media

Customizing your WordPress files (for advanced users only)

Transferring your blog or website to another hosting account

How to use FTP

Step 1

FTP works through an FTP program. We recommend that you download Filezilla as it is the most effective to use and the most user-friendly. It is an open-source FTP client that was developed for Windows.
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Step 2

You will also need to obtain the following information from your hosting service provider:

  • Your host name
  • Your FTP username
  • Your FTP password
  • Your FTP port number (maybe)

obtain the needed information - How to use FTP

Step 3

Once you have downloaded FileZilla and you have your account information, you can access your files by opening FileZilla.

Step 4

Towards the top of the FileZilla window will be space to enter the FTP account information. Enter it and click on the “QuickConnect” button.
enter the FTP account information

Step 5

Wait a couple of seconds for FileZilla to connect to your account. When it connects, you will see all your site files on the bottom right of the screen.