In this article, I’ll show you how to use FTP with WordPress.
This tutorial can be applied to almost any hosting service you use.
Here’s the video tutorial showing how to gain access to your WordPress website through FTP. Below that, you can find more details on FTP access.
First, let’s go over the basics of WordPress FTP access.
Why You Want WordPress FTP Access
Here are a few reasons why you’d want to access your WordPress site via FTP.
- Download WordPress files to make a WordPress backup manually
- Transfer your site to another hosting account or server
- Manually add themes and plugins
- Manually update WordPress, themes, or plugins
- Manually upload images and other media
- Customize WordPress themes and plugins
What You’ll Need
- An FTP program (I highly recommend FileZilla. It is what I use in this tutorial)
- Your hostname, FTP username, FTP password, and possibly the port number. You can obtain this information from your hosting provider. Here are links showing how to get the FTP credentials from some of the most popular hosts.
How to Access Your WordPress Files with FTP
Now that you have installed FileZilla and have your FTP credentials, it’s time to access your files.
FileZilla’s layout can be seen in the screenshot below.
At the top of the screen, you’ll see the location where you can enter your FTP access information.
Enter your information and press “Quick Connect”.
On the left side of the screen, you’ll see your local computer’s files and folders. On the right side, you’ll find your server’s files and folders.
Depending on your hosting provider, you’ll find different folders initially.
- If you see a folder called “WWW” or “PUBLIC_HTML”, click on one of these folders to access your actual website
- If you have multiple websites on your server, you’ll see different folders for each website. Open the folder for your specific website
- If you see files called WP-CONTENT, WP-ADMIN or WP-INCLUDES, you are in your WordPress website’s folder
What You Can Do
Want to download your files for a backup? Just select all files and folders, and then right click and select download.
Want to edit theme files? Open your WP-CONTENT folder and open your THEME folder. You’ll see all themes loaded on your site.
And that’s the basics of FTP access on your WordPress website.
If you come across something and don’t understand what it does, don’t make any changes. You can crash your website.