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WS-ftp File Transfer Program Instructions

To get a FREE [for faculty and students] copy of WS-ftp LE (limited edition), go here:

1. Double-click on the WS-FTP icon. (If you are using a GMU campus computer, look in the Internet Applications on the Windows 98 Start Menu.) 

You will see this interface:

[image of WSftp program session properties]

2. The Profile Name should be mason.  If it is not, type in mason.

3. In HostName/Address , type in or select it from the pull down menu if it is already there.

4. In Host Type, select Automatic detect from the pull-down menu by clicking on the down arrow. 

5. In User Id, type your username without the extension

6. In Password, type in your mason password. Asterisks will show in place of your password to keep your password hidden. 

7. Click on OK. 

8. You will get a split screen.

[image of WSftp program local and remote file setup]

The left side shows files that are on the local PC you are using. The right side shows files that are in your  home account on the mason server. To get to your public_html directory, the directory where your .html files and Web graphics are kept, click on the public_html folder [see yellow arrow] on the right. (If you had typed in another server name and you have an account and password on that server, you would, of course, be in a different server directory.)

9. To get in the appropriate directory or drive:

The "Local System" window at the left top shows the current directory on the computer you are using. 

The "Remote System" window at the right top shows your mason account folders and files. (The public_html directory, in the "Remote System," is your Web directory, the one you must open to send files to your Web space.) 

If you double click the green arrow you will go to a higher level in the current directory.  If you want to go to the a: or other drive, scroll down the navigation bar until you come to the correct drive. Then click until the drive appears in the appropriate window in the local or remote window.  Or select the ChgDir button and type in the drive you want.  Your files will appear.  Double click the appropriate folder you need to use to get your files.  Highlight the file you want to send to your mason account by clicking on it once.  Then select the right arrow button to send it to your mason account on the Remote System. (You can also reverse the process to send files from your mason account to your local drive.) Be sure you click the "refresh" button to send the latest version of your file.

10. Upload Files From Hard Drive to Mason

Notice the three circles below the two directory windows which are named ASCII, binary, auto. If you select binary, you can transfer text files, graphic files, spreadsheet files, etc. I recommend you always use the "binary" option.

a) Highlight the file in the left column (on the computer you are using) that you want to transfer.  (Be sure you have the right drive and directory.  The correct drive and directory, for sending and receiving, are displayed in the "Local System" and "Remote System" windows.)

b) In the middle of the window, you will see a button with a right arrow and a left arrow on it. Click on the right arrow

c) The file will now show up on the list on the right (the list of files in your Mason account). 

11. Download Files From Mason to a Hard Drive

a) Highlight the file in the right column that you want to transfer. If it is in a subdirectory in your account, click first on the name of the subdirectory in the box above the list of files. 

b) In the middle of the window, you will see a button with a left arrow on it. Click on the left arrow

c) The file will now show up on the list on the left . 

Before you upload files, it is a good idea to click on the "Refresh" option in WSftp to be sure the latest version of the file will be uploaded.

Notice you also have options to delete, rename files and make new directories. Highlight the file you want to rename or delete and select the appropriate function. You might want to rename a file as "oldfilename" as a precaution before you delete it. 

You can change directories. Click the up arrow at the top of the directory to get to a higher level in your directory structure. You can scroll up and down to the list of directories if you click on the up or down arrow within a directory window. You can also view selected ASCII/DOS/HTML text if you choose that option 

GET A FREE COPY of WS-FTP LE - by Ipswitch (  The FTP LE (limited edition) is free for people in education. The instructions for this version are above.

Download it into a temporary directory on your computer. Double click on the file and you will be prompted to accept the folder name suggested. After the program installs, just click on the icon to activate the program and follow the set up directions above..

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