Uploading your website to a hosting service can seem daunting, but it can be a breeze with the right tools. FileZilla is a popular and widely used FTP client that allows you to transfer files between your computer and your hosting service quickly.
This tutorial will use FileZilla to upload your website to SiteGround, a popular web hosting provider. Whether you’re new to web development or a seasoned pro, this guide will walk you through the process step-by-step.
A Warning About Transferring Files using FTP
Like many other FTP clients, FileZilla uses the FTP protocol to transfer files. FTP is an insecure protocol sending data, including login credentials and transferred files, in plain text. This makes it easy for attackers to intercept and read your data.
It’s important to use a more secure protocol such as SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) or FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS) when transferring sensitive information.
These protocols encrypt the data being transferred, making it much harder for attackers to intercept and read your data.
We’ll cover how to use SFTP in a future tutorial, but for now, we’ll use FTP to upload your website to SiteGround. After completing this tutorial, you may wish to delete your FTP account or change your FTP password.
Free Website Migration Service from SiteGround
If you want to change hosting provider to SiteGround, SiteGround offers a free website migration service. They will gladly help you securely move your website files, databases, and emails to your new hosting account.
Furthermore, if you still need a hosting account with SiteGround, you can get up to an 80% discount on your first invoice.
What you will need to complete this tutorial
This tutorial assumes you have already created an FTP account in SiteGround’s Site Tools and have your FTP credentials to hand.
If you haven’t done this yet, you can find instructions via the following links:
- How to Create an FTP Account in SiteGround’s Site Tools
- Where to access your FTP credentials in SiteGround’s Site Tools
The tutorial will also assume you have already downloaded and installed FileZilla on your computer.
If you haven’t done this yet, you can download it here:
Right, let’s get started!
How to use FileZilla to upload your website to SiteGround
Note: This tutorial is based on FileZilla version 3.63.1