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What is FTP and How Do I Use It?


FTP stands for FILE TRANSFER PROTOCAL, in laymen's terms , Transfer files from your hard drive to a Internet Web Site

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What is WS_FTP Pro?

WS_FTP Pro is a Windows-based application for transferring files between your PC (the "Local System") and an FTP site (the "Remote System"). Using WS_FTP Pro, you can connect to another system from your PC, browse files and folders on both systems, and transfer files between the systems. WS_FTP Pro comes with a number of preconfigured popular FTP sites.

WS_FTP Pro provides ease of use for the beginner plus a full set of functions for the power user. See WS_FTP Pro features for some of the features available.


WS_FTP Pro is a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client application that complies with the Windows sockets standard (Winsock). WS_FTP Pro can connect to any system that has a valid Internet Address and contains an FTP server program, allowing you to transfer files between a wide variety of systems, including Windows, OS\2, and UNIX systems.

In addition to the Pro version, there is also a Limited Edition, WS_FTP LE. The Pro version of WS_FTP offers additional functionality and additional applications for a low cost.



WS_FTP Pro Window


When you have established a connection between your local PC and an FTP site, the WS_FTP Pro main window displays the files and folders for your PC in the Local System list box (on the left) and the files and folders of the FTP site in the Remote System list box (on the right).


∑ Note: In the 16-bit version of WS_FTP Pro, each column contains two list boxes: the top list box shows the available folders; the bottom list box shows the files in the currently selected folder.


The current folder is shown at the top of each column. The list box below the current folder shows all of the files and folders within the current folder. Icons are used to identify files and folders. Any disk drives that you can access also appear in the list.


The buttons to the right of each column provide file and folder operations for that column. These are shown below, from top to bottom.






RmDir (16-bit version only; in 32-bit version, use Delete)


File Mask














∑ Note: The above commands, as well as some additional commands are available from the right-mouse menu. Select a file or folder and use the right-mouse menu.


Folder options ("classic" user interface)


To change folders in the WS_FTP Pro classic user interface, you can edit the folder path in the text box, or you can use the ChgDir button. Also, if you enable Remember directories in the Session options, the drop-down list for both the local and remote current folders will show the folders you visited during the last session.


Sort options (16-bit version)


You can use the column headings (Name, Date, Size) above the Local System and Remote System list boxes to sort the files and folders shown in the list box. See Sorting Directories and Files.

Move Files

chmod (UNIX)

Message Log

Below the list boxes, there is a message area that logs all queries from the WS_FTP Pro client (your PC) and all responses from the FTP site. You can double-click in this area to expand the listing. You can also click the LogWnd button to display the messages in a window.

Configuring FTP Sites

WS_FTP Pro lets you configure your favorite FTP sites

so that you can connect to each one in just the way you want to. Each configured site is represented by a site icon in the list of WS_FTP sites.

WS_FTP Pro comes with popular preconfigured sites, each of which can connect you to an FTP site as an anonymous user.

To add a new FTP site, see Adding a New FTP Site.

Creating a New FTP Site

1 Click Connect to display the WS_FTP Sites dialog box (if itís not already displayed).


2 Click New to display the New Site/Folder dialog box.


3 Make sure Site is selected.


4 Enter a name for the site and click Next. Type in


5 Enter the Host Name or IP Address and click Next. Host name is


∑ Select Anonymous to connect to the FTP site using an anonymous log in.


You will now connect to the Genweb Public Directory

Once there go down to ( on your RIGHT SIDE of the screen) OXFORD, double click, you will now see a number of folders one should have your name on it, if there is not one there let me know and I will set one up for you.

Go to the LEFT side of the screen box and go to your folder where you keep your family information, on your computer. ( You may want to make a folder with your name on it so that you will know that this is all of your web site files.) Double click on this file to open the folders. You have to transfer the files that are in your web folder on the right side to be able to edit them with your new information, so go back to the right screen where your files are located on the web site click on your files and then RIGHT MOUSE CLICK, then Click TRANSFER, this will now place the files from the web site to your computer. You are now ready to edit the info on the web site, once you have made your changes you will go back to the same place that you got your files from and do just the opposite.

You will now transfer the new updated files back to the web site into your folder. You will start on the LEFT and TRANSFER to the RIGHT. Just the opposite of what you did the first time.

I will set up a PRACTICE sub directory in the OXFORD UpLoad SITE for you to practice with.

Once this is done let me know and I will place your updated or new files on the Web Site.

You will need to have SOFTWARE for editing your Web Pages. If you are using MS WORD it has features to do web page editing but you may have to load the New Updates you can find this information in your MS WORD, HELP, Load Updates file within the program.

Again, You will have to let me know FIRST before trying the FTP for the first time so that I can set you up in the Sub Directory of OXFORD and tell you which PRACTICE Files to use.

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