Clicking the Servers button in the Toolbar or navigating to File > Manage Servers opens the My Servers window. The My Servers window allows you to set up a server profile you can use to upload your work to your server, as well as modify, delete, or connect to any existing server profiles. You should put the following information in the provided fields.
This is a nickname for the FTP connection being created. Since it is just a personal reminder of which server you are using, you can name it anything you want.
This is the TCP/IP hostname of your FTP server. It should be in the form of an IP address, your domain name (e.g. yourdomain.com), or your domain name preceded by ftp. (e.g. ftp.yourdomain.com). Do not include ftp:// or any directory name such as ftp.yourdomain.com/mysite, because these are invalid TCP/IP hostnames. It is up to your Web hosting company to assign your FTP server hostname, so you will need to find out from them what it is.
Examples of valid hostnames
Examples of invalid hostnames
This is the FTP username assigned to you by your Web hosting company. Be sure to enter the information exactly how it was given to you by your provider. Usernames are case sensitive, so if there are capital letters in your username, you must enter it that way.
This is the FTP password assigned to you by your Web hosting company. Be sure to enter the information exactly how it was given to you by your provider. Passwords are case sensitive, so if there are capital letters in your password, you must enter it that way.
Checking this box activates passive mode. Enable passive mode if you experience trouble connecting.
Click this button to show or hide options pertaining to protocols, ports, connections, local and remote folders, and proxies.
This option lets you specify your FTP connection. You can choose FTP, SFTP over SSH, FTPS over TSL/SSL, FTPS over SSL, FTPS over TSL, HTTP, or HTTPS.
This option depends on what protocol you are using to connect to your FTP server. When you select a protocol, the program automatically changes this value to the default port for that protocol. Do not change this value unless your hosting provider has told you to do so.
This field allows you to enter how many simultaneous transfers you would like to be able to run at one time. Some servers may limit the number of connections, so you should check with your hosting provider before modifying this field.
This is the default local folder Direct FTP will access in the Local pane on the left-hand side of the program. You should set it to whichever folder contains your Website files.
This is the folder where your Website files are stored. Common names include www, public_html, or web. If you are not sure of this information, contact your hosting provider.
Clicking this button opens the Proxy tab of the Preferences window. This area allows you to add or modify your proxy settings. If you are not sure whether you have to connect using a proxy, you probably don't, but you may wish to contact your hosting provider just to make sure.
This optional field allows you to add a comment about your server. This is just a personal reminder, so you can enter anything you want in this field.