As a blogger, we often need to access our hosting server for adding, modifying or deleting files. This process of transferring files between our computer and server is done through a method known as File Transfer Protocol(FTP). There are several FTP tools like FileZilla, CoreFTP, and Cyberduck that provides us with a visual interface to do the process. CPanel by our hosting provider is another better option available to transfer files. In this tutorial, I will explain in detail the different steps to access our server using the FTP tool Cyberduck.
Step1: Go to the official website of Cyberduck and download the tool.
Step2: Install Cyberduck on our computer by running the installer.
Step3: Once the installation is complete open the Cyberduck tool. Now click the Open Connection icon on the top panel of the tool.
A new window will open up where we have to enter the credentials for accessing the server.
Note: For accessing our server through Cyberduck, we need four parameters. They are Server, Username, Password and Port number. We can obtain this information from the CPanel of our hosting provider. Simply search for the term FTP to view the FTP Accounts in our CPanel
Click the FTP Accounts icon to view the details.
There is a link Configure FTP Client available here. Just click on this link to view our required FTP details except for password.
The password for accessing our server through Cyberduck is the same as our CPanel access password. Note down all these credentials somewhere safe. We should not share our credentials with anyone as FTP access can be used to modify or delete our core installation files. After entering all these details click the Connect button.
Step4: Now the tool will establish a successful connection with the server and the server files are displayed on the Cyberduck panel.
Step5: Click on the public_html folder in the server to view the content. Let us now upload a text file to this folder. Click on the Upload icon and select the file from our computer.
A warning message might appear mentioning that our server supports encrypted connections.
Just click continue to proceed with the file upload process. Once the file upload is complete the tool will display a success message.
Now we can view the uploaded file under the public_html folder.
Step6: Now let us see how we can download a file from the server to our computer. I am going to download the same text file that we have uploaded just now. Right click on the file and a new menu with Download option will appear.
Just click on this option and the download process will start. After successful download, a message is also displayed.
Step7: We can now delete this text file from the server. Right click on the file and a menu with Delete option will appear.
Just click on this delete option to start the process. A delete confirmation pop up will appear. Click on the Delete button on this screen to complete the file deletion.
Note: I have already explained in detail about accessing the server through CPanel as a part of this tutorial. This is also a good option for server file management as CPanel is more user-friendly with a simple user interface.