FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, which
is the standard Internet protocol for the transfer of files. There
are many programs that use FTP to upload files to the Internet. Included
in this guide are directions to using several of the most popular
programs for both Macs and PCs to upload your files to Directnic servers.
Directory vs. Domain Directory
All domains hosted by Directnic in a specific
account use the same username and password when accessing the server
via FTP. This is because for each account there is one Home Directory
on the hosting server. Each hosted domain and virtualhost has an individual
Domain Directory within the Home Directory for the account. FTP programs
will log the user into the Home Directory unless you specify otherwise.
When in the Home Directory, all the Domain Directories are listed
and usually accessible simply by clicking on them. Whenever uploading
files, make certain they are being uploaded to the Domain Directory
and not the Home Directory.
The default page for your site must be named
index.html or index.htm, all in lower case.
If a computer is behind a firewall, connecting
via FTP may require adjusting certain settings on your FTP program.
Though these settings may be found in different areas of the program,
generally the way to connect via FTP from behind a firewall is to
set the program to Passive mode. In addition, many programs
have an option to Enable Firewall Access.