Using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a decision that I made to augment how I manage files in addition to the standard GoDaddy offering. I can create on my laptop and very easily move content to my web server without having to open Plesk. GoDaddy recommends using FileZilla which is what I installed, configured and tested successfully in a short amount of time.
Navigate to FileZilla and download the appropriate installation files. For my use I downloaded the all platforms client files.
My antivirus didn’t like the .exe file so I had to resort to using other options which means that I downloaded the .zip file which worked fine. You can find that under “Show additional download options.”
Download and extract. Run the filezilla.exe file
I chose to place an icon on my taskbar
Click on the FileZilla icon on your desktop or run the .exe file to open the application. There are four values you have to configure to connect to your target: host, username, password, and port. You get these values from your GoDaddy Plesk interface.
In my case I created a separate FTP user and password to use for transferring files from my laptop or workstation to GoDaddy Plesk.
You don’t absolutely have to create a separate FTP account but I did in my case.
Once you have your account that you are going to use and you have opened your FileZilla application you need to supply the IP address, username, password, and port number to the application
You get your configuration information to make your connection between client and server from GoDaddy. The Host is the IP address of your site. Your username is either the default admin username or in my case the username of the account I set up in FTP Access. Your password is the default password OR the password from the FTP account I set up. The Port number is 21.
Supply the necessary values and click on Quickconnect.
You can verify a successful connection by seeing your site’s file directory on the right hand side.
When you see both left and right panels filled with your file structures and of course the status of successful you are ready to give it a try. I made a simple notepad .txt file and moved if from my laptops file system to my GoDaddy Plesk file manager.
I made a ZFileZillaTEST.txt file and will copy it to the FTP folder I made on my File Manager in Plesk. To execute the move I will simply select the file and drag it over the FTP folder. When the FTP folder has focus (is highlighted) I will let the file go.
From the above image we can see that the file has successfully been copied to the server. Next to verify in Plesk file manager.
So I hope this post helps anyone who is looking to install and use FileZilla as an FTP client.