iPage FTP refers to the FTP web hosting feature included in all iPage web hosting packages. FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, allows website owners to give other users permission to upload or download files to their website. This article explains ipage FTP and how it works.
FTP, which stands for File Transfer Protocol, is one way to connect the computer you are using or an external hard drive or other device to your website in order to upload files and scripts and/or download files. Another way is SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) and a third way is to use a file manager, and iPage offers both an FileManager and SFTP as part of its plan, and—in fact—recommends the use of SFTP, but we’re just going to discuss FTP here.
Although iPage doesn’t specify in its features list, according to a Live Chat technical support agent, you can have unlimited FTP users. An FTP user is a login that allows FTP access to your sites various directories. By having different users, you can others in your organization access to distinct portions of the site that they need, and restrict access to directories that have sensitive information and/or that you do not want changed by accident. Upon signing up for an iPage web hosting plan, a main account for FTP will be set up by default. According to the iPage Help Center, setting up additional users should be done by contacting the iPage Help Center to give you assistance.
You will need an FTP client in order to connect to your directories on iPage. Examples of FTP clients include FileZilla, Transmit, Fugu, and Fetch. Like other software applications, FTP clients may be operating system specific, so be sure to find an FTP client that is made for your computer’s OS.
You will also need to enter a group of settings in your FTP client in order to contact iPage. These settings are listed on your FTP Management page, and if you log in, you will see them. How they will appear in your particular FTP client may differ somewhat, but they will include the Host Address, the Host Type, the User ID you wish to use, and the corresponding Password. The Host Address is formed by appending <ftp.> in front of your primary domain URL. The Host Type you should choose is “Automatic detect.” If you have not created multiple FTP users, you will use the master FTP user name, which is your account’s user name, unless you have changed it. It will be listed on your FTP management page. Likewise, the password is your account’s password unless you have changed it. If there is a choice in your FTP client, you should connect to iPage in Passive Mode.
When you have made all the necessary arrangements, there will be a connect button for you to click, and when you are connected, you will be able to see the directory structure of your own computer on the left, and the directory structure of your site in the right-hand panel. In order to upload a file or folder, you will locate it on your local computer (left) and drag it into the appropriate part of your site directory on the right. This can go more smoothly if you open the folder where you want to place the material prior to dragging. To download files or folders from your website, drag the file from its location in the site directory to the location on your local computer where you want to see it. This process copies, rather than move, files and folders. Depending on the size of the file or folder, the process may be extremely quick, or take awhile. For lengthier uploads and downloads, an indicator is usually provided.