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Using FileZilla

Before you begin transfering files with Filezilla:

  • You must have FileZilla installed and configured with the correct settings. This process is described on the following page: Installing FileZilla

  • You must have created your public and secure home folders. This process is described on the following page: Provision Steps

Once both of those are done, then you can use FileZilla to transfer your files:

  1. Start Filezilla and in the resulting dialog box:
    • specify "Host"

      • for pages seen at www.ohio.edu/people/, specify "Host" as people2.ohio.edu

      • for pages seen on the staging server, specify "Host" as wws2.ohio.edu

      • for pages seen on the production server, specify "Host" as ww2.ohio.edu

    •  specify "Username" as your OHIO ID

    • specify "Password" as your OHIO password

    • specify "Port" as 22

  2. Click on Quickconnect to make the connection.

    Note: If the connection fails due to a timeout error, click on the Edit menu and click Settings. Click on the Connection page and under the "Timeout" section and increase "Timeout in seconds" to a higher value, such as 90.

    Note: You may get a warning about an "unknown host key"; that is normal and you can tell FileZilla to add the key to its database.

  3. When the connection is made:

    • for people2.ohio.edu : you will see a list of all the folders for people with public pages in http://www.ohio.edu/people/

      • If you want to work on your public pages, scroll to find the folder whose name matches your OHIO ID and open that folder.

      • If you want to work on your secure pages, click on people2.ohio.edu in the "Remote Site" section. Open the "secure" folder and then the "people" folder. Scroll to find the folder whose name matches your OHIO ID and open that folder.

    • for ww2 and wws2 : you will see a list of all the other Front Door folders

      • If your pages have URLs that contain "www.ohio.edu" or "wws2.ohio.edu," then scroll to find your subsite's folder in the lower-right, and open that folder.

      • If your pages are published by the static-page production server, but have URLs that do not contain "www.ohio.edu," then click on "WebDocumentFolders" in the upper-portion of the right side; in the lower portion of the right side, either open the folder whose name matches your site or open the folder with the ".." label in order to navigate to other drives and folders to find your site.

  4. You are now ready to transfer files. Click on the file to be transferred. There are two ways to transfer the files that you have selected:

    • Right-click on the file and select "upload" to transfer from the PC to the server, or "download" to transfer from the server to the PC.

    • Click on the file, holding the click, and then drag the files to the other side.

    Note: If you attempt to transfer a file that is bigger than your available free space, the server will refuse to accept the full file. The part of the file that used up your available space will be left on the server, and FileZilla will display an error message that identifies the lack of available space as the cause of the problem. You will have to manually delete the file-fragment to remove the useless file.

  5. When done transferring files, click the Disconnect button on the toolbar and close the window.

    FileZilla Disconnect