Sometimes you can’t do everything on your CMS and you have to access the files behind your website, such as the HT Access file. Now at first this seems like a daunting process but believe me it’s quite easy to do and simple to understand, it’s much like accessing files on your desktop. There doesn’t appear to be much helpful information around the web so I thought I would write a step by step guide on how to access your File Transfer Protocol (FTP).
Before you start you will need:
- Access to your cPanel which is given through your host, mine for this website is called control.gridhost.co.uk, although this may vary.
- To download FileZilla the client that you use to access the FTP.
Once you have that, here is the step by step guide…
Step 1: Login to your hosting service e.g cPanel or Gridhost. You are usually given this by your hosting provider.
Step 2: Locate your website management and find the “FTP Accounts” section, or something that refers to setting up an FTP account, once you have done this set up your username and password.
Step 3: Note down or leave your browser open with the FTP IP, username and password that you can now see in your admin section.
Step 4: Open the FileZilla program that you downloaded.
Step 5: In Host type your FTP IP, Username & password are of course the ones you made previously and in port write 21 then quick connect.
Step 6: Your done! You will see on the right hand side the files for your website and the left hand side the files from your desktop.
Navigating the FTP is a fairly easy thing to do, the folders are set out much like a normal website would be. Your main folder typically has your HT Access file in, Public HTML contains your CMS files and MySQL backups is as describes, backups of your SQL which you have to set within your CMS (although I believe WordPress does this automatically.)
Anyway, I hope this has helped and if anyone has any trouble please let me know in the comments below.