If your website is hosted on a server, like this website; obviously you use some FTP client software (like FileZilla, SmartFTP etc) or use some Online FTP services to access your files stored in the server.
We will show you an unique way to access your FTP server to upload, download or manage the server files within Windows 7 explorer. That means, to access your FTP server, you will not need installation of any third party software or do not have to use any Online FTP services.
Click the Start button and click Computer (if you want to use any already opened folder window, that will work great too) in your Windows 7 PC. Now, in the address bar, click once, so that you can type there:
Now, you need to type there:
Change “name_of_your_server” part to your server’s name and change the .com extension to others (.net, .org etc) if your domain’s name does not end with .com.
To give example, for our server, we should type ftp://ftp.thecustomizewindows.com :
Then hit Enter key from your keyboard. It will provoke a Window, which will ask for the server’s username and password. Fill the required fields. Do not check “Log on Anonymously” ; most of the server service providers does not allow it. After fill up, click on the Log On button:
After few seconds, all files and folders will show in Windows 7 explorer, just like a local disk:
You can cut, copy, paste, delete and drag files; like you manage files in your local hard disk.
Remember: Deleting any file will delete it from server! So, handle them with caution.
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Dorothea Lowe says
Since a few days my computer – Windows 7 – will not connect to any ftp site with any program. I disabled all firewall gizmos, tweaked everything there is to tweak and it still doesn’t work. Any ideas?
In the explorer type :
Can you connect? If NO, go to step 2
Open a command prompt and type FTP, enter. Your prompt should change to ftp>. Type open http://ftp.microsoft.com, enter. You should see ‘Welcome to Microsoft FTP Service’. At the username prompt type anonymous, hit enter. At the password prompt enter anything (it doesn’t need to be your e-mail address), then enter. Type quit, enter to exit the command line FTP client.
Even if that behaves as expected, I suggest that you run the System File Checker tool. Click the start button/orb and in the search field type cmd. In the search results, right-click on the Command Prompt and choose Run as Administrator. In the command prompt window that opens type sfc /scannow, enter (note: there is a space after sfc). It takes a while to run and if it finds any problems, it might tell you that you need to reboot. Post back with the results.
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