How to use Windows Explorer for your FTP

How to use FTP via Windows Explorer

Microsoft has developed an easy way for you to connect and upload files to your website. Notice: Internet Explorer once had a built in FTP client which a lot of people used. You can NOT access FTP through Internet Explorer anymore.

(Should you prefer to use a FTP facility though your browser, FireFox has a great little addon called: FireFTP, worth looking into.)

This guide will walk you through connecting to an FTP account using Windows Explorer.

First you will need the FTP account login information. You can connect with the primary cPanel username and password or an account you've created in cPanel. Either way you should have the following information about the FTP account:

Server: Usually or the IP of your server.
Username: Cpanel username or
Password: The password that was created for the user you are using.

Now that you have the account information you need to pull up Windows Explorer. You can go to Start > Computer, or use the shortcut Windows Key + E to start it.

Once Windows Explorer is up Type into the address bar, that should connect you and cause it to prompt you for a password.

Just input the full username and password for the account you wish to connect to and hit Log On.

You now have an open FTP connection, you can drag and drop files to and from this windows and your computer to upload/download files.

If you forget to enter a username and password, then you may see folder called “pub”. If so, you have accidentally tried to connect to anonymous FTP, and your connection has failed. Please try again.

Note: If you just put it will automatically connect you anonymously. You cannot upload or download when you connect like this so be sure to use so you are prompted to input a password.


This information was obtained from the HostGator website who we support.

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