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How to Setup FileZilla (FTP) for Your WordPress Site

WordPress is probably the most preferred CMSs out there with all of its plugins, themes, customization options, widgets, etc. in all of its glory! Some WP pros even tweak and work directly with .htaccess files, or various .php files. Typically it’s not an issue, but things do go wrong, and you may lose access to WordPress admin.

To alleviate that pain point amongst other reasons, an FTP access to your site’s back-end can come in handy. There are numerous authoritative posts out there that goes over this exact same thing, for this post, we’ll stick to setting up FTP access to WordPress — using FileZilla. Let’s begin!

Setting up FTP to your WordPress site — via FileZilla

  1. Download and Install FileZilla

    If you’re on a Windows operating system like I am, You can download FileZilla from here. Note that this is the link for 64-bit. It is assumed that you’re on a 64-bit. In any case, once downloaded, follow the typical setup process, and install it.

  2. Find Your FTP Credentials

    Typically from your domain registrar, you should be able to find the credentials for FTP access. It might also be called “SFTP.” Either is fine; just depends on what you have. To understand the differences between the two, you can read this blog post.
    If you’re struggling to find those details, get in touch!

  3. FileZilla Setup

    Once you have your FTP details, execute as below:
    a. Open FileZilla
    b. Click on File > Site Manager
    c. A dialog box will open. From there, select “New Site,” and Enter your FTP details in the window pane on the right. See screenshot below for reference:filezilla-new-site-ftp-connection

If your details were correct, you should now have FTP access.

after gaining FTP access
If your connection was successful, you should see something like the above^ screenshot.

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Why an FTP Connection Comes in Handy for Your WordPress Site?

Having the ability to gain back-end access to your WordPress site can have the following advantages:

  • Adjusting permissions
  • Re-gaining access to WordPress again. This, probably, is the biggest advantage!
  • Configuring plugins
  • Adjusting core settings without WordPress login.
  • Bulk uploads and transfers from server to your hard-drive, and vice-versa
  • Troubleshooting technical issues

Expert Resources

  1. How Does an FTP Server Work and What are Its Benefits?
  2. Introduction to FileZilla