Tutorial: Connect to Legacy Static Hosting Using FileZilla

There are three steps to using FileZilla as your SFTP program:

Here are some precautions you should be aware of before following these steps:

These instructions assume that you have already obtained Georgetown Web space (or access to one), and will be using FileZilla to connect to a Georgetown shared-hosting web server (www7-www12).
You need to have the following information for these instructions:

  • NetID and NetID password
  • Hostname
  • Path

This information should have been provided to you via email when your account was created. If you do not know your NetID and password, please contact the Service Center at help.georgetown.edu. If you have misplaced your host name and path information, please e-mail the Georgetown Webmaster.
These instructions refer to version 3.X.X of FileZilla. If you are using an earlier version, it is highly recommended that you start with the Downloading/Installing portion of the instructions to upgrade to the latest version.

Step 1:  Downloading/Installing

  1. Go to http://filezilla-project.org/.
  2. Download the FileZilla Client for the operating system of the computer you are using (Windows, Mac or Linux).
  3. Make sure to save the installation file in an easily-accessible location on your computer (the Desktop is a highly-recommended suggestion).
  4. Once the download is complete, close out of the FileZilla website. Then navigate to the location you saved the file to, and double-click to start installation.
  5. Agree to the license, and click Next.
  6. Leave the pre-selected options for ‘Choose Installation Options’, and click Next.
  7. Once the wizard has completed installing the program, click Finish.

Step 2:  Configuring

  1. Double-click the FileZilla shortcut icon on your desktop (It was placed there during installation). This will launch the FileZilla program. Note: At this point you will not be connected to your server.
  2. From the menu bar, select File and then Site Manager. This will open the Site Manager window.
  3. Click on the button that says New Site.
  4. Enter a name for this server. You can use any name that is easy for you to identify. (“webvm-1” may be a good choice.)  Press Enter on your keyboard to accept the name.
  5. In the field that says Host, enter the Web address of the server  – webvm-1.uis.georgetown.edu. In the dropdown menu under Protocol, select “SFTP – SSH File Transfer Protocol”. Under Logontype, choose “Ask for password”. In the field that says User, enter your NetID.

  6. Click on the “Advanced” tab.  In the field “Default remote directory”, specify the path where your website is located (For faculty, the path is /faculty/”netid”/; for students, the path is /student/”netid”/ and for Units, the path is units/”name”/, replacing the instance of ‘NetID’ with your own NetID and unit name with the name of the unit).  If you are unsure of the path please email webservices@georgetown.edu and specify the URL of the web site.

Advanced tab for Filezilla showing the file path specified in the instructions entered in the Default remote directory field

  7. After the settings are entered in correctly, click on the Connect button.
  8. If connecting to the server for the first time, you may receive a message about an unknown host.  Press OK to continue connecting to the server.

  9.  Once you have successfully connected to the server, a list of files and folders will appear on the right side of the main window. The files and folders that appear on the right side reflect what is present on your  Web site.

Step 3:  Transferring Files

This example shows you how to publish a file to your development Web site www7.georgetown.edu account. Before you can transfer files, you must be connected to a server.

  1. To connect to your server, go to File then select Site Manager. Select your  webvm-1 Site on the left hand side, then press the Connect button.
  2. When you have established a connection between your computer and the Web server, the files and folders stored in your Web site will be listed in the right window pane. The current location is shown in the Remote Site field above the right window pane. 
  3. The left side of the window will show the files and folders on your PC. The current folder is shown in the Local Site field above the left window pane. You can change this folder by either double-clicking on a folder within the window. Navigate through your folders until you see the file(s) you want to publish to the server.
  4. The first file you will want to publish is your index.html file (if you have not done so already). To publish this file, click on the file in the left window pane and drag it to the right window pane. (Note: You can select more than one file by holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard while you select the files.)
  5. Once the file has finished transferring, the file will appear in the right window pane. If you published the file into a folder, double-click on that folder to see that it has been successfully published to the server.

To download a file from the server to your computer, follow the same procedure above in reverse. First, navigate to the desired destination location on the left window pane. After finding the file on the right window pane that you want to download, drag it to the appropriate directory in the left window pane.