Upload Mysteries Revealed:
Setting Up Your Profile

We need to get connected to the server, so here's the information you'll be shown when you click the Connect button. If you don't see the toolbar buttons on your version of FTP Explorer, click the View menu, and click Toolbar. The buttons will appear.

Click the connect button (circled in red):

You'll see this window appear (without the "") loaded in it.

We've "cut off" the left pane of the window, since it's just a list of FTP sites that come with FTP Explorer when you download it. Clicking one of the sites in the left window will populate the otherwise empty fields in the right window. We clicked on the "FTP Explorer Home" item and the results are seen above. 

Let's look at each field in turn, and explain what you need to enter. 

1. Profile Name: This is any name you choose. Make it something you'll remember, like "My Web Site Server."

2. Host Address: This is your web site's address. For example, if your site's domain name was "" you'd put that name in the address field. If you know the IP number for you site (the IP number is the actual address of your site in numbers, such as "") you put that number in the address field.

3. Port: Leave this one alone. Port 21 is the standard port for communicating with your FTP client.

4. Login: This is where you enter your login name. For example, if you were given a login name of "tom21" you'd put this here. Often, the login name is the first 8 characters of your domain name. This information will have been provided you by your web hosting company. Why the name "anonymous"? Many servers allow you to log in and download stuff using only your email address and the Login name of "anonymous". The check box should be unchecked when you're logging in to your own server.

Techie Note: Why "log in" and not something like "check in" or some other term? On a server, and on your own computer, a log file is kept. This is much like a journal entry. Every event that occurs on the server is kept in a "log file" which is just a list, or journal, of events. The log files can be gone through by special software which interprets the logged entries in some meaningful way, like listing the number of page views, visitors, etc. to your site.

5. Password: Enter the password associated with the Login name. The name "Login" is a synonym for "username" as well. So your "username" may be used as a "Login" name if they're the same name. Okay, so we have a situation where you'll encounter two different names for the same thing. Don't let this confuse you. "Login" and "username" can be the same and generally mean the same thing, although not in every case. Yea, we know. It can be confusing at times.

6. Initial Path: Leave this blank unless you have reason to change it. Some sites have a special folder they want you to use, and it may be listed here automatically, as has been done in the example above.

7. Attempts: This is the number of times FTP Explorer will try to make contact with the server. Like a modem, it has to establish communication with the server before you're "connected." Once you do connect, you'll see a list of the files and folders on your host's computer. Retry Delay: A measure of time to wait before trying again if connection fails the first time.

8. Download Path: This can be any location your hard drive. We use the Desktop as our "sratch pad" and download files to this location for quick and easy evaluation. We recommend you do the same.

This one should be pretty obvious. Type anything you want here. Make notes. Write a funny short story. It's totally up to you.

Recap: There are only three fields that you'll need to enter information into before you can connect to your server or web host:

  • Host Address

  • Login

  • Password

Everything else is "extra" so to speak, except the Port, but it's already filled in for you when you create a new profile.

To save your information, click the Save button. Your new profile will be added to the list of profiles in FTP Explorer's left window pane. To access your site in the future, just double click the Profile Name you set up for your account. Or, you can click once to highlight, then click the Connect button.

Let's move on to the fun stuff now. Your profile should be set up, and you're ready to connect. We'll do that in the next chapter!

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