How to Use File Transfer Protocol with Tripod
FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is a networking standard that is used to copy a file from one computer to another over a TCP/IP network like the Internet. File Transfer Protocol is a fast and reliable way of transferring files from your computer to your Tripod account.
Free and Entry plan members who joined Angelfire after February 23, 2011 do not have access to File Transfer Protocol.
One reason you might use FTP instead of Tripod's File Manager would be to upload and download many files at one time.
You can also back up the files in your Tripood member directory to your computer for safekeeping. We don't regularly back up member files, so we can’t restore files that you delete, either on purpose or accidentally. Before you delete a file from your Tripod site, make sure to save a copy on your computer.
To upload/download your files using File Transfer Protocol, you’ll need an FTP program. There are several free and paid FTP programs available. FileZilla is among the most popular free FTP programs for PCs, Macs and Linux machines. You may also use Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox with the FireFTP extension installed to FTP your files.
Consult FileZilla’s documentation for detailed instructions on how to use the program.
To FTP files using Internet Explorer, enter ftp.tripod.com into the browser address bar. Next, enter your Tripod username and password in the spaces provided. Click the Log On button. Click View in the top menu, scroll down and click Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer. You’ll be prompted to reenter your username and password.
Firefox with FireFTP
To FTP files using Firefox, install FireFTP. To begin an FTP session, click Tools on the top menu bar, scroll down and click FireFTP. Next, click Create an account and in the Account Manager fill in the fields for host, username and password. Click OK. Click Connect.
Whether you use FileZilla, Microsoft IE, Firefox or another program, you’ll need to enter the following information where specified in your application:
- Host: ftp.tripod.com
- Username: Your Tripod username
- Password: Your Tripod password
Once you’re connected, you’ll typically see two columns. In the left column, you’ll see your local files and folders (folders are often referred to as directories). In the right column, you’ll see the files and folders on the server you’re connected to. To upload or download files, drag files and folders from one column to the other just as you would when you use your operating system's file manager on your computer.
Naming your files: All of your file names (images, text files, Word documents, PDF files, and HTML pages) need to be HTML compliant. That means that they need to be all lowercase, alphanumeric characters only and without spaces.
Your home page must be named index.html and reside in your main directory (also referred to as your root directory).
Posted by team-blog
at 11:32 AM PST
Updated: Friday, March 11, 2011 11:36 AM PST