FTP to Access Your IIS Hosted Website

Using FTP to update your IIS hosted site


Pages in your Gatorlink Web hosted website can be added or deleted using any FTP client, such as WS-FTP and CoreFTP for Microsoft Windows based machines, or Fetch for Apple Macintosh. You can also use FTP to access your website using the agent built-in to web layout programs like Adobe Dreamweaver or Microsoft Expression.

Using CoreFTP on a Microsoft Windows PC

CoreFTP is free for academic use. It is available on the UF software cd, or can be downloaded from http://www.coreftp.com .

To connect to your Gatorlink Web hosted website:

Double click on the CoreFTP program icon to launch the program. The Site Manager box appears by default.

Enter anything you'd like under Site Name. This value will appear in the index on the left side the next time you use the program.

Under Host/IP/URL, enter your website's address prefaced by "ftp.".

For example, if your website is called "www.osg.ufl.edu", you'd enter "ftp.www.osg.ufl.edu" in the Host/IP/URL box.

Uncheck the "Anonymous" box if it's checked. To the left of Anonymous, under Userid, enter your Gatorlink userid, prefaced by ufad/. For example:


Enter your Gatorlink password. We recommend checking the "Don't Save Password" option box.

Uncheck the SSH/SFTP option box - leave the left most boxes for SSL/TLS options unchecked.

Click on Connect to attach to the site.

Once you're connected, you'll see the contents of your computer on the left, and the contents of the website on the right. You may see folders for other sites on the right, but you will not be able to see their contents.

Double click on the folder for your site on the right side until you get into the directory that you want to update.

To upload a file, locate the file on your computer on the left side. Either drag it over to the right side and drop it, or click on the file once to highlight it, then click on the arrow just above the file contents (next to the directory name) to transfer the file.

You can select multiple files to transfer by clicking on a file to highlight it, then hold down the shift key and click on the last file. All of the files in between will be highlighted. You can also highlight multiple individual files by holding down the control key while you click on individual files and folders.

To delete a file in your web directory, highlight the file in the right window, then press Delete on your keyboard, or right click on the file and choose Delete.

Note: If you keep your website in a particular folder on your computer, you can tell CoreFTP to show it in the left side by default when you connect to the FTP server. To do this, click on the Advanced button while you're on the Site Manager screen for the connection. Click on Advanced, then choose Directory/Folder on the left side. Enter the path to your directory under Local Start Folder, or click on the dots to choose the folder your webpages are stored in.


Using Fetch under OSX

Fetch is a popular FTP program for the Apple Macintosh platform. It is available for both Mac OS9 and OSX operating systems, and is free for educational use. It is available on the UF Software cd, or can be downloaded from http://www.fetchsoftworks.com

After starting Fetch, choose New Connection. For the hostname, enter the name of your website prefaced by "ftp.". For example, if your website's address is www.osg.ufl.edu, then the ftp server address would be ftp.www.osg.ufl.edu .

Under userid, enter your Gatorlink userid prefaced by ufad/ , as in: ufad/userid

For "Connect using:", pull down the box and choose FTP.

Enter your Gatorlink password, then press Connect.

The contents of your website will appear in the Fetch folder. The Fetch folder looks very similar to a normal OSX file folder, with a few added buttons along the top window. You can get files from the website by dragging them out of the folder onto your desktop (or into another folder on your hard drive), or by using the Get button. You can put files in the folder by pressing the Put button or by dragging them onto the Fetch window and dropping them. You can rename and delete files just as you do in a normal File folder.


Using Adobe/Macromedia Dreamweaver

(these instructions were created using Dreamweaver 8. The procedure for other versions may differ slightly, but should be similar).

Start Dreamweaver

Click on the Site pull down menu and choose New Site.

In the Site Definition dialog box, enter a name for your site. It can say anything you'd like.

Choose the folder on your hard drive to store your website in.

On the "Do you want to work with a server technology..." question, answer No for a regular site. You may choose ASP if you're going to be using ASP in your website.

Choose to "Edit local copies on my machine, then upload to server when ready".

Under "How do you connect to your remote server, pull down the dialog box and choose FTP.

In the hostname field, enter the name of your website prefaced by "ftp.". For example, for a website named www.osg.ufl.edu, enter ftp.www.osg.ufl.edu as your ftp server address.

For the folder on the server, enter the name of your website. In our example, we'd enter www.osg.ufl.edu as the folder name, because the site is stored in a folder called www.osg.ufl.edu in the directory that you connect to using FTP.

Enter your Gatorlink userid prefaced by "ufad/" as the Login. For example: ufad/userid

Enter your Gatorlink password.

You can uncheck the setting for "use Secure FTP (SFTP)"

Use the "test connection" button to see if the settings are correct. If you get an error, please double check the server address, your userid info, and password.

Enabling check in and check out is optional. If more than one person may be editing your site at time, it may be a good idea to enable this.