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I'd like to use my Windows-based PC to update my web site. How exactly do I do this?

About WS_FTP

WS_FTP is an extremely popular FTP client for the Windows platform, and is well suited for use with your Dreamhost account: In fact, hundreds of other Dreamhost customers use it to update their sites on a regular basis.

You can get a copy of WS_FTP at the following location:


How To Connect

The first thing you'll want to do with your FTP program is connect to your account. Assuming your account is completely set up and its DNS information has propagated throughout the 'net, you can connect by starting the program, after which you will be presented with a 'WS_FTP Sites' window. From there, simply click on the 'Quick Connect' button. You will be presented with the following dialog box:


The first item on the list is where you should enter your site's hostname/domain name. Usually, this is in the form 'mydomain.com'. In the example above, the user is attempting to connect to 'marimbasandmartinis.com' - presumedly, an online store selling both marimbas and martinis. Note that if you have a subdomain, ie. 'subdomain.domain.com', you would use that instead.

The second item - a popup menu - should be set to automatically detect the type of host. The third and fourth items should contain your username and password, respectively (remember, both your username and password are case sensitive - upper case and lower case letters are completely different).

Once you have filled in all of the fields, click on the 'OK' button. If all goes well, you should be connected to your site. On the left side of the window that appears, you will be presented with a listing of the files stored on your hard drive. To the right, you'll find a directory listing for your Dreamhost account.


To upload a file stored on your hard-drive to your account, simply select it from the list on the right (navigating your way through your drive's directory structure if needed) and click on the button which appears as a right-facing arrow. The file will appear in the current directory being viewed to the right. If you wish to upload a file to a certain directory within your account, make sure to open the correct directory on the right side of the screen before you perform the transfer.


Generally, your site's contents will be stored within a directory bearing its domain name at the root of your account's directory. In this case, the 'marimbasandmartinis.com' site would be stored within a directory with that name. For your files to show up on the web, you will needto ensure that they are uploaded to the correct spot.

Changing Permissions

Those users who need to change permissions for a given file can use WS_FTP to do so without having to use a Unix command line. Simply right-click on the file you wish to change permissions for and select the 'chmod (UNIX)' menu item. You will be presented with this dialog box:


Simply make the needed changes and click 'OK' when finished.

Last updated: Mar 14, 2005.

User Post (2003-03-19 01:35:41 by retreats)
The box you call "QuickConnect" they call "sessions properties" and it has one more box at the beginning, called "profile name" which you can put "your name" in (or Dreamhost), and the last box, which you don't list says "account" which ends up that it is rarely used, and I'm assuming Dreahmhost people don't have to use it either. oh, and then there's a comment box. --- incidentally, the above still hasn't helped me. I'm still not connected. I'll read the "help" page again.....