FTP Tutorial with Images and Plain English

FTP (File Transfer Protocol):

The FTP server hostname is FTP.RYDIA.NET
You can FTP to your account using the username (all lowercase) / password assigned to you, and place files in the html directory (the folder named html). This requires an FTP software: for PC users, we recommend the nice and free Filezilla to all Rydia.net customers. Mac users, check out Cyberduck, also free FTP software that's quite nice. Both software packages are nicely documented with instructions on how to use them. We also have a tutorial (a bit outdated now) for Filezilla here.

THIS TUTORIAL WAS WRITTEN BASED ON FILEZILLA VERSION 2.2.2 and may contain outdated information. We strongly recommend you use Filezilla's help files or Google for step-by-step tutorials if you need one.

If you want to get started in 30 seconds, simply start up Filezilla and fill in the QuickConnect boxes with Rydia's FTP address, and your username and password, as shown in red, and click QuickConnect. This should connect you right away, and you can skip down to the topic, Transferring Files. If you want to create a more permanent account login, or if this doesn't work for some reason, continue down to Basic Overview.

2. Basic Filezilla Overview

Once you start Filezilla, you can bring up the Site Manager at any time by clicking (the computer icon on the upper left). First you'll want to create a new FTP account for your Rydia space - click 'New Site,' double-click to rename it Rydia FTP, and fill in the information to the right. The address for Rydia is FTP.RYDIA.NET. Also, make sure you select Logontype NORMAL (not anonymous) so you can put in your username and password. Choose Save and Exit, then click the black arrow next to the computer icon, and select Rydia FTP to connect.

Advanced Options: If you are having troubles connecting, you may have to manually set active or passive mode. To do this, click 'Advanced...' from the Site Manager, and select either passive or active mode. The gist of it is, in Active Mode, your computer tries to contact the server, and in Passive Mode, the server tries to contact you. Only try these two options if 'Use Default' isn't working. Feel free to also set a default local (on your computer) directory by clicking '...'

3. Transferring Files

If the login is successful and you see some folders/files pop up in the right window, you're now connected to your Rydia space. ALL FILES MUST BE IN THE FOLDER NAMED 'HTML' in order for it to be viewable via the internet. You can go into different directories by double-clicking the yellow folders, and back out of directories by clicking the folder named '..' - you can also turn on/off (toggle) Remote Treeview (one button away from the Site Manager button, marked with a tree diagram and and the letter F), which will let you jump to/open any directory in your account.

The top buttons of Filezila perform different actions while logged into your account:

To upload files to your account, all you have to do is make sure that the appropriate file (in the left window) is selected, and the appropriate remote directory (in the right window) is open. Then, just double-click, or drag the file to the other window. Similarly, to download, simply double-click or drag from the right-hand window, with the appropriate local directory (left window) open. The top window will show the commands processing, and an OK will alert you to the upload/download's success:

If your account is set up properly, files that you upload will be reflected online immediately. For example, if you have a basic account and you uploaded a picture.jpg into your HTML directory, you will be able to see it at http://www.rydia.net/youraccountname/picture.jpg. If you have a full account, it will be in http://www.yourrydiadomain.com/picture.jpg.

4. Creating a New Directory and other Right-click Options

If you right-click on any uploadable/downloadable file, you will see a menu of mostly self-explanatory commands. You can use this menu to Create Directory, which will make a new folder for you to sort your files.

Thus, predictably, if you create a directory called 'images' in your HTML folder, and put picture.jpg in that, it will show up online as http://www.rydia.net/useraccount/images/picture.jpg, or

Other commands include:

Add To Queue - adds the file to the queue, which will be executed at once when you click the big Q button in the top menu.

View/Edit - If you have software to view or edit the file you have selected, you can use this command to do so.

File Attributes - Mainly for setting up CGI files (.cgi, .pl extensions). You may have noticed many instructions asking you to set file attributes to 666, or 755 - this is how you do it in Filezilla.