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FTP Beginner's Guide

STEP 1 - Downloading and installing FTP

Follow the steps to download the FTP software program on your computer from the below link:

1) Click on "Download Now" link

2) Wait couple of minutes for the window to pop up.

3) Once the window pops up click on the save button and save the program by locating the download to your local hard drive.

4) once the download is complete, double click on "ftpsurfer 107.exe" icon. The installation wizard will pop up. Follow the steps to install.

Open the program Surfer.exe by double clicking the icon from the downloaded folder. A startup screen will appear (just like the sample screen shot). This screen will enable you to add your website information and allow the program to connect with our server.

Surfer Window

STEP 2 - Enter Informations in the Login Window

Click on the "Create a new FTP Site Profile" and fill out the following informations

Profile Name/ Name - Whatever you want to nickname your setup. Example - My WebSite

Host Name/Address - Your domain name address. Example for faculty it is -

Host Type/ Server Type - The type of server in which your website is hosted. Set it to "Automatic Detect".

User ID/ User Name - Usually your email name Example - jxsmith

Password - Whatever you selected or were given by MIS

Explore from - Select "User defined" and type in the name of the your folder on the remote site. Example - /jxsmith

Typed login Screenshot

ONCE YOU have entered the information, press ok to connect.

STEP 3 - After login

Once the FTP program has connected with your server, you will see the files on the remote site in the right window.

Selecting files to upload

Uploading files

You can follow either one of these steps to upload the files into our server.

1) You can locate files on your own hard drive(s) and transfer them to the FTP site by "drag and drop" from your local drive to the ftp site.

2) You can also go to File -> upload -> select all the files that you want to upload and click open.

Selecting files to upload

AFTER ALL the files are transferred from your drive to the ftp server, the right window will automatically refresh, and you will see the files listed in the window. You can make a new sub-directory by clicking on the make "New Folder" icon in the task bar and enter the name of the new folder in the pop-up window that appears.

THAT'S really about all there is to it. You can now close the session by going to File -> Exit or by clicking the Exit button at the top right corner of the window. Your files are now stored on our FTP site and can be accessed on the internet via browser.


To transfer more than one file at a time,

1. find the files on your drive in the windows explorer

2. Highlight them all by holding down the Ctrl button and clicking on each one of your files that you wish to upload.

3. Then press the open button to initiate the transfer.

4. After the transfer, click on Refresh to see new files added to the directory.


To download one of the files listed on the right, all you have to do is double-click it or follow the procedure above in reverse.

If you are oncampus and you would like to know how to use our campus ftp program please click here "On Campus FTP"