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How do I access my FTP site?

First you'll need an FTP client. A nice google search will turn up hundreds of programs to use. Once you have downloaded an FTP program, we suggest that you read the documentation in order to become familiar with its. Some examples are:

Cyberduck
http://cyberduck.ch/

WS_FTP
http://www.csra.net/junodj/ws_ftp32.htm

CuteFTP
http://www.cuteftp.com/Cuteftp/

Filezilla
http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/

You'll need to enter the 'hostname' of your site (often called a domain name or server, depending on the FTP program). For example, if your site is viewable at 'www.yourdomain.com', the hostname would simply be 'yourdomain.com'.

If your domain hasn't been set up yet (not registered or not transferred to Champion Consulting) you can still upload your site directly to your server hostname or IP address. You should have received those in a welcome email.

Next, you'll probably be prompted for a username and password. These values should have been given to you when you first signed up. If you have any questions as to what they are, please open a support ticket.

When you login via FTP, your web root is in the public_html folder. This is the folder where you need to upload your web site files.

Log into your account and go to the directory where the files are located. Highlight the file or directory that you want to change permission.

Locate the "file permission" or "chmod" command on your FTP software (you may need to refer to the manual or help file).

There should be three groups.

Each group should have either check boxes or a selection for the permission type.

1. Set pages to rw- for the owner, no permission for the group, and r--for other.

2. Set scripts to rwx for the owner, no permission for the group, and r-x for other.

3. Set data/config files to rw- for the owner, no permission for the group, and rw- for other.

Log into your account Control Panel (mydomain.com/cpanel) and go to the File Manager, and then the "WWW" or "public_html" folder. Identify the file that you want to change permissions on by clicking on the file/directory link.

After selecting the link, the right menu will update itself and show you a list of things you can do to the file/directory.

Select "Change Permissions".

There should be three groups.

Each group should have check boxes for the permission types.

Definitions: (User=Owner, Group=Group, World=Other/Public)

1. Set plain html pages to rw- for the user, no permission for the group, and r--for world (default).

2. Set scripts to rwx for the user, r-x for the group, and r-x for world.

3. Set data/config files to rw- for the user, no permission for the group, and rw- for world. Select "Change" to finish.

Your FTP username/password is the same as your control panel (cPanel) username/password.

You need to login to your cPanel typically located at http://yourdomain.com/cpanel or https://yourdomain.com:2083/ Once you login, you can find the link to Change Password.

That changes the password for FTP/cPanel/SSH.

If somehow you have lost the username/password of your cPanel, you can open a support ticket and ask for the username of your particular account and get the password reset for it.

Your account has both non-web accessible space and of course your web accessible space.

Your user home directory , /home/USERNAME , contains many files used to operate your website.

You can create new folders here to store data or information you do not want the world to know about or see.

This is a good place to store database connection or other files that contain passwords or critical data.

To upload your "homepage" or website materials, the stuff you actually want the world to see, upload that into the "public_html" directory.

You can of course create other sub directories and files there as well which will all be web accessible. /public_html

- This is where your site files will go /public_ftp

- Files for your anonymous FTP /www - same as your public_html directory Warning

- Do not delete any pre-existing files or folders you first see in your home directory.

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