Learn how to upload files to your cPanel hosting account with the open source FTP client, FileZilla.
Hi there! In this video, you’ll learn how to upload website files to your hosting account using the FTP client, Filezilla with cPanel shared hosting.
The Filezilla Quickconnect tool links your local computer with your hosting account to allow quicker, easier uploads of website files and data.
The settings you enter in the Quickconnect tool can vary slightly based on the type of shared hosting platform you purchased. For this reason, it’s important to know which platform you have.
If you’re unsure which shared hosting platform you have, access your Hosting Accounts page and at the bottom of a domain name’s card you’ll see the name of the platform you purchased.
The directions covered in this video are specific to Filezilla and the cPanel shared hosting platform. If you are using a different hosting platform, please refer to the GoDaddy Help article that is specific to your hosting platform.
Before you begin, ensure that you’ve set up your cPanel hosting account at GoDaddy, and you’ve downloaded and installed the Filezilla application.
To start, open Filezilla on your computer.
To link Filezilla with your hosting account, you’ll need to enter four settings in the Quickconnect tool.
First, in the Host field, enter the IP address for your website. Not sure what your IP address is? Just log into your hosting account, and open your cPanel dashboard. Your website’s IP address is on the left side of the screen, right here. Got it? Great!
Next, enter the username and password for your hosting account.
Keep in mind, this is the username and password you established when you set up your hosting account in cPanel; it may differ from the one you use to access your GoDaddy account.
Not sure what your hosting username or password are? No problem. Just go to gateway.godaddy.com in a web browser, click the I forgot link and you’ll be able reset your hosting account’s username and password.
Now, let’s get back to FileZilla.
In the Port field, type 21. Keep in mind, if you’re using a hosting platform other than cPanel, the port number may be different.
The ‘Successful’ status message in this window indicates that Filezilla is now connected to your website hosting account.
The Filezilla screen is divided into two main parts; the left side is the Local Site area, where you can see the directories and files stored on your local computer. The right side is the Remote Site area, where you can see the website directories and files you have stored at your hosting provider.
In the Remote Site area, open your website’s root directory, or the public html folder. Remember, this video is specific to the cPanel shared hosting platform; other hosting platforms may use a different name for the web root directory.
Now, on the Local Site side, find and open the folder that contains your website’s files.
Select all of the files in your website folder and drag them across to the Remote Site area.
During the upload process a series of status messages will display in the window at the bottom of the screen. When the upload is complete, a copy of your website files will display in the Remote Site area of Filezilla.
That’s it! Now that you’ve uploaded your website files, open a web browser and navigate to your domain to see what visitors will see.