Until now, we have taken a look at how to set up an FTP Server and how to configure it to be accessed from an external network via the Internet. But to make the most out of it, not only reading but also writing facilities must be available. There are many methods to do so. But the in-built File Explorer on Windows 10 has a feature that will enable you to access any FTP Server. Alternatively, you can use other tools like FileZilla to perform the same operation. We will be talking about both the scenarios in this article.
Updating files on an FTP Server on Windows 10
In this task, we will not be modifying any major settings on your computer. All you need to do is, start by opening the File Explorer. Then in the address bar, type in the IP Address in the format as:
You will get a pop up asking for your credentials.
As per the configurations are done and applied by you while setting up the FTP Server, you can use the desired User name and Password to access this FTP Server.
When you click on Log On after entering your user name and password, it will open a new window with a successful authentication and open the hosted files.
You can use these files like any other files on your computer. However, if you are using these files remotely via the Internet, there might be a delay in reading, updating or writing the files.
This is directly dependent on the Internet connection speed and the ping of the connection that you have.
Alternatively, you can use third-party FTP Browsing tools like FileZilla. It is a free software that is used to access servers using FTP and FTPS protocols. It is mostly used by developers and people who manage different servers to host files and other sorts of data. But you can use it for accessing our personal FTP servers as well.
Using FileZilla to manage files on an FTP Server
First of all, you need to download the latest version of FileZilla Client from their official website here.
Now, install it properly, and you will get to this screen when you first run it,
Click on the Open Site Manager button below the menu bar ribbon. It will open the Site Manager.
Select the button labeled as New Site. It will work as you to name the new connection is the left side navigation panel. Name the connection.
On the right side panel, enter all the details like the Protocol, Host Address, Port Number, Encryption, Log On Type, and more.
If you select the logon type to be Normal, you would need to enter a Username and a Password for your Hosted Server.
Once done, click on OK to save the connection and initiate a connection to it.
When the connection is successfully established, you will find the task status in a section on the top. While on the bottom left part, you will be able to browse your own files.
And on the right side, you will find the files that are hosted on to your server.
You can drag and drop these files from one side to the other to initiate a transfer between the files. In case that you use this FTP Server to store your files that are updated by multiple people at some point if the day or a month, you can just run the file from the server locally.
After making the necessary changes, just save the file. Upon you restoring the FileZilla client window on your computer, you will get a prompt to update the file on the server.
That’s how FileZilla will help you in managing your FTP Server Files.
Next, we will be talking about creating multiple FTP accounts to access a single FTP Server.