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.