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How to FTP with Internet Explorer 7 or 8

Microsoft Internet Explorer is a popular web browser which also supports FTP (File Transfer Protocol). This tutorial will show you how to connect to your Web Hosting account via FTP using the Internet Explorer browser (versions 7 and 8).

Getting your FTP settings

You will need to have your FTP settings on hand in order to use Internet Explorer to upload your Website. This is the FTP information you will need in order to use an FTP client:

Hostname ftp.domain.com
Username Hosting Username
Password Hosting Password
Port 21
Start Directory Leave the box blank or enter a single forward slash (/).

How to use Internet Explorer to Upload

This tutorial shows you how to use Internet Explorer to Upload. You can use Internet Explorer to Upload by doing the following:

Step 1. Open Internet Explorer.
Step 2. In the address bar type ftp://username:[email protected] (replace mydomain.com with your own domain). Complete these fields in the Site Properties window below then click Log on.
  Step 2
Below is description of the fields:
Username Enter your hosting username here
Password Enter your hosting password here
Step 3. Hit Enter to connect. When you have connected the following screen will display:
  Step 3
Step 4. Press Alt button, then click on View and then on Open FTP Site in File Explorer.
  Step 4
Step 5. A popup will display a generic error "FTP Folder Error". Click Ok to continue.
  Step 5
Step 6. Click with Right mouse button and press Log in as....
  Step 6
Step 7. Enter your FTP username and password, this is the same as your Hosting Manager login.
  Step 7
Step 8. Click Log On.

You can now Upload your files.

Uploading or Downloading files to your Website

Once you have connected to a server, you can transfer files in one of three ways:

  • Drag and Drop. Click on a file and hold the left mouse button while you drag the file to where you want to transfer it. Select multiple files by holding down the Ctrl key while selecting.
  • Copy and Paste. Right-click on a file and select Copy. Then, right-click where you want to transfer the file and select Paste.

The left window is your computer files. The right window is your web server. Locate the public_html directory on your web server. click to open and move all website files here.


All files must go in the public_html folder. Do NOT place any other files anywhere but here. Your home page file name MUST be labelled index.htm or index.html. The server will try to find this page to display as your first page.

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