Whic FTP program to use.

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Hi Guys I need some help building my first website. I have Xsitebuilderpro2.
I need help with 2 things.

1. How do I import templates and graphics from my documents to my xsitebuilder

2. To upload my site using FTP do I need to download a FTP program and then enter my login details into my hostgator account or in my xsitepro account?

Hope that made sense?

Cheers
#ftp #program #whic
  • Profile picture of the author rlnorthcutt
    I don't know what xsitebuilder is, but there should be some way to import stuff into it... whats the url for the site you got it from?

    As for uploading files to hostgator, yes you will need FTP software. My favorite is FileZilla - pretty simple, free and fast:
    FileZilla - The free FTP solution

    I use it all the time, and its great.
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  • Profile picture of the author awesometbn
    Back in the days of Internet Explorer 5 you used to be able to enter your FTP server in the address bar, as if you wanted to browse to a website, then drag and drop your files into the IE5 window. Worked well enough for anonymous FTP. I have no idea if that works today with all of the changes to security zones and newer IE versions.

    I second the recommendation from rlnorthcutt about FileZilla. I use it a lot and have not had any problems. Another option would be to use the command line, but that's entirely up to you and how comfortable you feel about FTP commands.

    Keep in mind FTP is not secure. You may want to ask your web host if they allow secure shell (SSH) connections. If so, you could start the SSH connection, and use port forwarding to tunnel FTP, sort of like a wrapper to protect yourself from prying eyes.

    Another option is called secure copy (SCP). Take a look at winscp.net to download freeware to make SCP easy for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    I use filezilla and it works quite well, but there are simpler ways. One
    that I have used when something is screwed up is copy the files from
    your desktop, and paste them to your site files. Not much can go
    wrong with that one, but my pages are a little more light and simple
    than most site pages.

    Another option is to go to the files page of your site. I use the
    DirectAdmin control panel, but cPanel has a very similar arrangement.
    At the bottom of the files page there is a button "upload files to the
    current directory." It has always worked flawlessly and quickly for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author agoodsaid
    If you mean XsitePro - I can answer your second question (for the first one, depends on what it is you want to import exactly) ...

    There's 'publishing details' tab within the program (I have first version so may be called something else).

    Here's a screen shot of mine (sorry couldn't figure out the image insert thing here :-p)

    Alternately, there are times when you just wanna slide something over to the server. Firefox has a handy add-on that I use A LOT. It's called FireFTP. Very cool to just click and open a new browser tab with FTP in it.

    hth,
    Andrea
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
    As far as FTP is concerned...

    I will recommend Filezilla!
    as you see in my blog post here
    http://mohsinrasool.com/blog/best-ft...-not-smartftp/
    i have tested other free FTP client programms
    but Filezilla was the winner!

    Mohsin
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  • Profile picture of the author write-stuff
    Filezilla seems to work pretty well and you can't beat the price. I prefer, however, WS_FTP.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ronster1
    FileZilla - Free & Fast - I've been using it for 4 years without any glitches.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
    Originally Posted by jan roos View Post

    2. To upload my site using FTP do I need to download a FTP program and then enter my login details into my hostgator account or in my xsitepro account?
    You "ftp" your site directly from XSitePro's Publish function, there is no need for an additional FTP program.

    Just enter your sites ftp information in the Publising Details tab and then publish the site by clicking the Publish button in the top tool bar.

    - Netpiddler
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  • Profile picture of the author iddigger
    Hello jan roos,

    You can't import templates to Xsitepro from documents unless it was created by the progam, you can try to copy the code but that doesn't always come out right. Also I have a number of pages I built with XSP and now the program has failed and I can't seem to get help from the company or answers at there forum.

    I may have to start all over but if I do I'll get a better program, or maybe I'll just use my free web builder from Ewen Chia where anyone can get at my site Free Stuff And More, It has never failed me yet.

    Have a great day !
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  • Profile picture of the author cscott5288
    filezilla client works well for me
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  • Profile picture of the author ashishthakkar
    I use direct through IE or inbuilt Ftp client : Free FTP Client

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  • Profile picture of the author Clyde Dennis
    I used Filezilla for a long time until I got turned onto the FireFTP extension for Firefox. Works like a charm and is part of the browser.
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  • Profile picture of the author mymarketingsecret
    Filezilla is the way to go. I have been using filezilla for many years and have experience no problems whatsoever
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  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    I've been using fireftp for some time now, and it's so quick and easy. It's a firefox plugin that you access from your tools menu, when you click on it, it opens a new firefox tab which you use for ftp.

    Can be found here FireFTP - The Free FTP Client for Mozilla Firefox

    Audrey
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  • Profile picture of the author raj_10021
    No doubt file zilla is pretty good. I also use to download and upload file with file zilla. License free and simple to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author jwessa1
    I can not answer your question properly here because, I have not made 15 previous posts so I am not allowed to post URL style addresses even though they do not go anywhere. So I will attempt to contact you in another manner. What a pain!

    I understand the reason but it is a real pain when you can help someone and your not allowed to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Richardo
    Filezilla-it's supporting Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and more.
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    • Profile picture of the author AdrianaJordan
      I use Ipswitch WS_FTP Home, it's absolutely fabulous. There is a also a 30 day trial to test it out if you want to just try it, I think it's about 40.00 to buy, I bought the license several years ago for it, so not sure how much it is now exactly.
      There is also another version called WS FTP Pro, which is also really nice as it allows you to have more than one site open..wherever they are located..so you don't have to keep switching back and forth closing and reopening sites, you can work on them all at once, they show up with different tabs and you just easily switch back and forth.
      Sorry I don't know much about working with Xsite

      I hope that helps and good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Leanne King
    With Xcite pro you can publish/ftp direct from the software. If you didn't want to do that you can always use a ftp client. I use filezilla and sometimes smart ftp.

    Leanne
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  • Profile picture of the author web2tasarim
    FileZilla, cute ftp they are all fine. Event you can use windows explorer.

    bsrgds.
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    • Profile picture of the author dsanchez
      I have used Smart FTP for some time now and it works perfectly. One particular thing I like about it is that when I add domain names on cPanel, I already have the folder set up on FTP, ready to upload my pages.

      Dagmar
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  • Profile picture of the author antzman1414
    You cant try coreftp its pretty simple to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author gimmick
    Try for free Coffeecup Direct FTP, very easy to use and very good program, you can find it here:
    CoffeeCup Direct FTP - The Drag-and-Drop FTP Client That's As Powerful As It Is User-Friendly
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  • Profile picture of the author ChristianM
    I personally didn't like the CoffeeCup ftp program - it seemed slow to me.

    I currently use filezilla and fireftp - both of which are great programs.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      here's another vote for FileZilla. Love it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Stanley
    Try FireFTP -- its a plug in for firefox, free, and works great!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mavericks
    I am using Core FTP and I am very satisfied! It is free download, just write at Google Core FTP you will find a lot of sites. Very simple to use, when you start program Open Site Manager. For Site Name just write the name of your server, and Host/IP/URL. Something like servername.com After that only your user name and password from your hosting. You will have split screen vertically. Select folder on your home computer and folder on host, just drug and drop with mouse files to host or Vice-versa.
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  • Profile picture of the author ofir
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    I used to use FlashFXP.
    After I moved to Linux I started to use Konqueror as a FTP (Linux's browser).
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  • Profile picture of the author faralimite
    I love leapftp...is simple and rapidly...
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  • Profile picture of the author jlandells
    I've used FileZilla for years and was reasonably happy with it, but have started having some bizarre issues recently. For example, only partially uploading directories or corrupting zip files that I uploaded for a client!

    Since then, I've been reviewing other free and paid products and have come to the conclusion that SmartFTP seems to be the most professional, most reliable and generally best quality FTP app on the market and I'll be handing over my $49.95 for the Professional version very shortly!

    (Check it out here: SmartFTP - FTP Client [direct link])

    The way I look at it is that we're all supposed to be working as Internet Marketers - not file copiers and for those of us who are reluctant to outsource this part of our businesses, we should at least have a reliable, professional solution in place that will get on with the job of transferring files for me without me having to go back and check every single file afterwards.

    I'm not suggesting that we don't test our sites, just that it can sometimes be difficult to test EVERYTHING and miss a file that didn't get copied. This recently happened to me with a new install of Wordpress where it seemed to work fine until one day, I discovered a small glitch (can't remember where - somewhere in the admin interface). I ended up going through every directory and I found that FileZilla had decided that I only needed parts of some of the subdirectories that I'd included for upload. It's days have been numbered since that happened....!

    Hope this helps!

    -John.
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  • Profile picture of the author viane
    I am using flashfxp and cuteftp both are very nice but flashfxp is the best
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  • Profile picture of the author AcePlayer
    Filezilla gets my vote!
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  • Profile picture of the author ayaw
    So, Far Filezilla is the best.
    Other members also suggest it.

    So, get it now!
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  • Profile picture of the author tanujdude91
    I'm using CoreFTP since past 3 years and I'm quite Satisfied with it .
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    I just saw a thread in the main forum and wasn't going to bother digging up an old ftp thread but then came over here and it was active again. Here is the quote.

    "If you have cpanel, you don't need to use ftp. Use the file manager, its great.
    You can upload zip files, and then unzip them once they are uploaded. Much faster than uploading the unzipped files via ftp.

    I rarely ever open a ftp client anymore." Michael D Price

    It is simple and you never run into password problems since you are already logged in and doing it from the control panel. I did have a day when Filezilla wouldn't log in. It works extremely well in the DA control panel as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author vinstones
      I use filezilla to upload huge sites...

      it's even more reliable than CS3 Dreamweaver..

      about the remembering password in filezilla...

      if you use File>Site Manager
      and create a site profile for each of your websites..

      you'll never have to worry about remembering id and pw for each of your sites again

      but for minisites, the build-in ftp manager in CS3 Dreamweaver works ok.
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  • Profile picture of the author stewardrobinson
    Become in intelligence FTP is not secure. You possibly will want to ask your web host if they allow secure shell (SSH) associations. If so, you could start the SSH connection, and use port forwarding to tunnel FTP, sort of like a wrapper to look after yourself from prying eyes.
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    I may experience to start all over simply if I do I'll get a improve program, or maybe I'll just useful my free web builder from Ewen Chia whenever anyone can get at my site Free material And More, It has never failure me yet.
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    • Profile picture of the author PatriciaS
      Another vote for FireFTP. The day I tried to use FileZilla, I was apparently too frazzled to sort through it, and I found FireFTP far more intuitive and usable. I've loved it since.
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  • Profile picture of the author eallison.taylor
    Have look to this link might be this will be help to you. filetransferplanet.com/ftp-guides-resources/ [FTP Guides]

    Free FTP software can be obtained from the Net by downloading FileZilla or SmartFTP. A reliable paid version is WS_FTP Professional.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidthomas35
    I think filezilla is the best option for FTP upload. If you have dreamweaver and can configure it to work with live site that will be big time saver.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jokyv
    get filezilla its free and one of the best !
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  • I have been using filezilla for all time. It's easy to use even for beginners
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    There are tons of good interfaces, I use Fetch, for MAC, and it is one of the better ones, for the MAC,)
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  • Profile picture of the author fire_fighter
    Filezilla for PC
    and cyberduck for Mac
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  • Try this free ftp program for firefox. it's really simple to use and it's free. You'll be amazed at how simple yet comprehensive it is.

    I have used it for about 2 years, the only issue I have ever come across was when trying to upload folders with lots of files, in which case it might miss out some files.

    As you shouldn't be doing that too often I'm sure you will find it of great use.

    I know this doesn't answer all your questions so sorry about that:

    FireFTP - The Free FTP Client for Mozilla Firefox
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  • Profile picture of the author jaxspotmedia
    I use fetch (at school) and filezilla on laptop and computer.

    Filezilla is great.
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  • Profile picture of the author iwtmmo
    I use CuteFTP at first, But now I changed to FlashFXP.
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    • Profile picture of the author tgo
      Hey guys,
      I guess I am pretty slow, but I can't seem to get filezilla or fireftp to work. I have read 3 tutorials and that didn't help either. Anyone got an easy way to use this? Thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author reetblak
        The option is to go to the file on your site. I use the control panel, Direct Admin, c Panel, but it is very similar to the arrangement. At the bottom of the page image is a button &quot;download the file in a directory. He has always worked perfectly and quickly for me.
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      • Profile picture of the author phpbbxpert
        Originally Posted by tgo View Post

        Hey guys,
        I guess I am pretty slow, but I can't seem to get filezilla or fireftp to work. I have read 3 tutorials and that didn't help either. Anyone got an easy way to use this? Thanks
        What is the problem?
        Saying you can't get it to work doesn't help much.

        Did you put your credentials in correctly?
        FTP server credentials need to be exact or it will fail to connect.
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  • Profile picture of the author massivemarketing
    FileZilla all the way!
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  • Profile picture of the author web.tech
    Use Adobe Dreamweaver to layouting the page. After the completion of web pages upload files to the server with the help of an ftp software. I think Cuteftp is one of the ftp software.
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    • Profile picture of the author LinkPark
      Since i couldn't get FileZilla to work behind my proxy server
      i use "WinSCP Portable" - works great ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    I'm a fan of FTP voyager for FTPing.
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  • Profile picture of the author zapseo
    FileZilla is great!
    FileZilla supports both ftp and sftp -- so if you've got secure shell access (ssh), you can use sftp with FileZilla.
    However -- be aware that nearly all ftp programs store the usernames & passwords in cleartext (as well as sending them via cleartext -- so don't use this with unsecured WiFi) -- sftp prevents your login credentials from being sent in cleartext, however, it does not stop FZ from storing them in cleartext on your computer.

    It's a known weakness in the ftp programs, and many people have gotten their hosting accounts hacked because someone hacked into their computer and grabbed all the ftp credentials stored in their ftp program (they are stored in a known location, after all.)

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  • Profile picture of the author bhola badshah
    +1 for filezilla some other are winscp , cuteftp, classic ftp
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  • Profile picture of the author darisx
    I love FileZilla.. Simple, Fast & Free..
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  • Profile picture of the author peterconti
    FTP program, my favorite is FTP Voyager.. easier than free programs to use
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    • Profile picture of the author tritrain
      I use Filezilla.

      You could try using anonymous ftp, just to make sure it is working for you.

      Otherwise, if you simply can't get things to work, check out Crossloop.com and look for someone that is an expert and has a good rating. They can use Crossloop to remote in and set things up for you.

      Very handy!
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  • Profile picture of the author mark07
    To upload site using FTP I use FTP commander. You can install it in your PC. Here you will find New Server option in the top, click it and then you will find some option. In the Name section you will put any name to recognize your site, in the FTP Server section you will put your site name using this format: ftp.sitename and in the user id section give 8 digit of your site name and last in password section give your whm password. Then click on the save. Its ok now for use.
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  • Profile picture of the author rhinocl
    Some additional comments on FTP programs. If you use Filezilla (and you probably should) and your computer is ever stolen you will have to contact everyone who you ever built a site for and saved their passwords and tell them to change all their's. (I bet most of you saved them even though security people tell us not to).
    Filezilla is not good for moving files within a site or between 2 sites. For that you need something like Bitkinex. (you just run 2 instances)
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    A short note to maxaurelius (and anybody else following his example):

    If you dig up a 2 years old thread to increase your post numbers... it will be considered spam. And treated accordingly.
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