Using FTP to Upload your Personal Website

How do I setup and use the FTP software?

If you have an older Boreal CD (light blue case) it includes WS-FTP LE, a FTP software program that's old, but still one of the best.  If not, you will need to obtain an FTP software program such as FileZilla.

  • If you have the old Boreal CD which includes WS-FTP LE:
    • First, insert the Boreal Access Setup CD into your computer. You may need to run the installation program. If it asks for an ISP Access code, click Cancel - you don't need it to install WS-FTP.
    • If you're at a menu screen, click [Install Additional Internet Programs].
    • Click to highlight WS-FTP and then click install.
    • During the install when you are asked who you are pick "other" then click on next.
    • When you are asked "How will you use WS_FTP LE" check "at home" under location.
    • When you are asked for what purpose you will be using WS_FTP check "for personal use".
    • Read and accept the licensing agreement.
    • You will be asked to choose the destination directory; the default is ok. Click on ok.
    • You wil be asked to please enter your preferred local destination directory for file transfers; the default is ok. Click ok.
    • The next screen will say "many anonymous FTP sites require your email address as your password"; Please enter your full email address, then click ok.
    • When it asks "please enter the name of the Program Manager Group for this software," pick WS_FTP, Click ok.
    • The program should come back now and say “Installation Complete Happy FTPing”, Click ok.
  • If you don't have a copy of WS-FTP LE, you will need to install an FTP client.  The instructions below tell you how to download and install FileZilla, a free FTP client:
    • Option 1:
      • Download FileZilla from http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=21558&package_id=15149.  You will see a list of files you can download - click on the one that ends in setup.exe.
      • You'll be taken to a page of download sites - pick the one nearest you (probably Minneapolis, MN) and click the Download link.
      • Another page will come up, and in a minute your download should begin.  Click the Save button on the window that pops up, then choose a location on your computer to put the downloaded file.  (Desktop and My Documents are both places where the file will be easy to find later.)  Then click the Save button.  The file will download.
      • Browse to the location you chose in the previous step and double-click the file you just downloaded to install the software.
    • Option 2:
      • FileZilla is available in the Boreal CD library.  Stop by the office to check out the CD.  Then insert the CD into your compuer and the install process should begin.
    • Both Options:
      • The first screen of the installation process will ask you to select a language.  Unless you prefer a language other than English, click OK.  Otherwise, select your prefered language and click OK.
      • Read the license agreement and then click I Agree on the next screen.
      • You'll see a Choose Components screen.  The defaults here are ok, so click Next.
      • You'll be asked to choose an install location.  Again, just click Next to accept the default location.
      • Click Next to accept the default Start Menu Folder.
      • The General Settings window will appear.  If you're on a shared PC (ex. office environment), select Secure Mode at the top of the screen.  Otherwise, accept the defaults by clicking Install.
      • The installation process will now begin.  When it's finished, you'll see another screen telling you this.  Click Finish to close the window and complete the installation.

How to properly configure FTP so you can upload files to your personal website.

NOTE:  These instructions will help you load information to the personal website which is included with your Boreal basic service.  The URL for this site is www.boreal.org/~username, where username is your Boreal username.  If you have a website with a domain name (ex. www.mysite.com) hosted by Boreal, you will use a different host name/address and directory name than those shown below, and will not use htdocs.  In that case, your server and directory names will be provided to you by Boreal.

WS-FTP
FileZilla

  • WS-FTP
    • Click on the WS_FTP icon. A session properties window will pop up. If this the first time using WS_FTP you will need to click on the NEW button.
    • Under the General Tab you will need to fill out the following information:
      • Profile Name - This is your userid (the same as your login name - that is, everything before the @boreal.org in your email address).
      • Host Name/Address - Enter either 216.70.16.10 OR raven.boreal.org
      • User id - Your login Name.
      • Password - The password for your dial up account.
      • Leave Anonymous unchecked for this application.
      • Check save password if you want WS_FTP to remember your password.
    • Next click on the Apply button then on the OK button and this will connect to the Boreal Access FTP site. You should get a split screen, on the left side; you will see your local directory. On the right side you will see your remote directory, which should be /home1/user/username  - for example, if your username is joe, your remote directory will be /home1/user/joe.
    • In order to upload files to your own personal web page you must make a directory on the remote system called htdocs, where you will store your web page files.
      • To make the htdocs directory
        • Click on the MKDIR button and a box will pop up asking for the new remote directory name. Type in htdocs and hit ok.
      • To upload a file to the htdocs directory
        • You must first open the folder htdocs. Do this by double-clicking on the folder name.
        • Pick an html file from your local directory. (You can see more of your files by double-clicking on the green up arrow at the top of the local system directory.)
        • Double-click on the folder where the document you want to publish to your website is, then click on the file you want to upload and highlight it. Then click on the right arrow. This will send the file to the remote directory.
        • From here you can view this file by going to your website, which will be www.boreal.org/~username.  For example, if your username is joe, your website is www.boreal.org/~joe.
    • Your home page file - the one you want people to see first when they go to your website - must be called index.html or index.htm and must be stored in the htdocs directory.

  • FileZilla
    • Double-click on the FileZilla icon on your desktop, or click Start, (All) Programs, FileZilla, FileZilla.
    • You can quickly connect to your personal website using the Quickconnect bar near the top of the screen.  Fill in the following information:
      • Host: raven.boreal.org or 216.70.16.10
      • User: Your Boreal login name (that is, everything before the @boreal.org in your email address)
      • Password: Your Boreal password
      • Port: Leave blank, or type in 21
    • After filling in the information, click the QuickConnect button to connect.  You'll see a bunch of lines scroll across the top part of the window.  The middle part of the window will be divided into two panes.  On the left is a list of files on your computer, and on the right is the list of files in your remote directory, which should be be /home1/user/username  - for example, if your username is joe, your remote directory will be /home1/user/joe.
    • In order to upload files to your own personal web page you must make a directory on the remote system called htdocs, where you will store your web page files.
      • To make the htdocs directory
        • Right-click on your username in the remote directory section of the screen, and click Create directory on the menu that pops up.  A box will pop up asking for the new remote directory name. Type in htdocs and hit ok. (Note - the whole directory name will be shown - ex. /home1/user/joe/New directory/, but if you just start typing New directory will be replaced with the name you type.  The final directory name should be /home1/user/username/htdocs, where username is your username - ex. /home1/user/joe/htdocs.) 
      • To upload a file to the htdocs directory
        • You must first open the folder htdocs. Do this by double-clicking on the folder name.
        • Navigate to the place in your local directory where the html files for your computer are stored.
        • Double-click on a file in your local directory. (The list of files will appear in the window below the one showing the directories.)  This will send the file to the remote directory.
        • Now you can view this file by going to your website, which will be www.boreal.org/~username.  For example, if your username is joe, your website is www.boreal.org/~joe

    • Your home page file - the one you want people to see first when they go to your website - must be called index.html or index.htm and must be stored in the htdocs directory.