I told you how to access your file manager to upload a single file, but sometimes you need to upload many files at once. To do this, you’ll need to know how to use FTP (File Transfer Protocol).
For some reason, the term “FTP” strikes fear into many, but as you’ll see, once you’ve got an FTP client set up, it’s simple. (And the process of getting an FTP client isn’t a big deal either.)
As I mentioned in How to Set Up Hosting and WordPress, one of the reasons I like Bluehost is because there’s an FTP client (Unlimited FTP) right in my cPanel. If you don’t have this option, you will have to get yourself an FTP client (again, not a big deal).
Regardless of which FTP client you use, the process should look and feel very similar to what I outline below. Basically, FTP lets you see the files on your computer and your server simultaneously. Then you can just drag and drop them from one to the other. I highly recommend becoming familiar with FTP as it is another one of those really-helpful-to-have skills.
How to Access Unlimited FTP (Bluehost only)
1. Login to your cPanel at Bluehost.
2. Scroll down until you find the “Unlimited FTP” icon. (Again, note that this a built-in feature for Bluehost only. If you use HostGator, you will have to use an FTP client like Filezilla to do this then skip to the next step.)
3. This is where all FTP clients look and function basically the same. A side-by-side screen will appear with your computer files on the left and your server files on the right. Files you create and save are on the left (your computer) and navigating this list is just like navigating your Finder. Your main self-hosted WordPress files (on your server at Bluehost or HostGator) can be found in the public_html folder on the right side of the screen. If you don’t see the public_html folder, click on the computer icon at the top of the window until some folders drop down. Remember, your navigating these windows just as though you were trying to find something on your computer. So, you may have to drill down some.
4. Transferring files is simply a matter of:
- Selecting the folder/file you want to transfer from on one side.
- Highlighting the location you want that folder/file to go into on the other side.
- Clicking the respective arrow, depending on whether your folder/files are being transferred from your computer to your server or vice versa.
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