Anyone who manages a website at some point has to use a FTP client to upload and download files to their server. Although these aren’t too difficult to use once you get the hang of things, adding the FTP server to Windows Explorer can make it easier to upload and download files.
CyberNetNews have put together a great guide including pictures showing the steps required to add a FTP Server To Windows Explorer. Here’s a summary of the steps required:
- Open Windows Explorer and choose the “Map Network Drive” option.
- Vista location: Along the top toolbar
- XP location: Tools Menu
- Choose the option at the bottom that reads:
- Vista: “Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures”
- XP: “Sign up for online storage or connect to a network server”
- Click “Choose a custom network location”
- Enter in the FTP address for the site
- Enter the username for the FTP server (you will be prompted for the password when you connect):
- Choose a Name for your FTP Server
- Close the wizard
Now all you have to do is open Windows Explorer to access your FTP Server. The first time you connect you will be asked for a password, but you can save the details so that you don’t have to add them again.