Instructions for Downloading and Setting up WS_FTP

Files and images need to be uploaded to a web server before they are accessible from a web browser on the Internet. There are also times when you will want to download files from the web server back to your local computer so you can modify them and then upload the revised files to the web server again. This process of uploading and downloading files is called FTP (“file transfer protocol”) and requires the appropriate software (called “an FTP client”). CNR has requested that we all use the same software: WS_FTP, the standard Windows client, and Fetch, the standard MAC client, both of which are free for academics. This page contains instructions for downloading and configuring WS_FTP

Using a web browser connected to the Internet, go to <>.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Download LE 5.08 32 bit Self-Extracting 690 kb; this is the software for Windows 95, 98, and NT (if you are using Windows 3.1, click on Download LE 5.06 16 bit Self-Extracting 952 kb). You will be asked where you want to save the file; choose a suitable folder on your hard drive or on a floppy disk and click Save. The file you are downloading will be named ws_ftple.exe for Windows 95/98/NT or ws_ftp16.exe for Windows 3.1. Once you have the file on your local computer, double click on it and the installation program will begin. You will be asked a few questions about whether you are an educational professional and where you will be using the program and then will be asked to accept the licensing agreement. Then the program will be installed; just keep accepting the suggested locations of the files.

Make sure you are online (either through your own ISP or the CNR network), then launch the program; you must be online to connect and ftp files. You will see a Session Properties screen like the following:

connection screen

Set up a connection profile for your web directory by clicking on New. The fill in the boxes as follows:

Profile Name: This can be anything you want to call the connection; I use CNR.

Host Name/Address:

Host Type: select Microsoft NT from the drop-down menu

User ID: this will be cnrnet\ plus your first initial and last name with no spaces

Password: this will be your CNR domain password ( remember that passwords are case sensitive)

Leave the Account box blank, and make sure Anonymous is not checked. If others do not have access to your computer, check Save Pwd, but do not do this on a public computer or anyone will be able to access your directory. Then click OK and WS_FTP will connect you to your web directory, with a screen like this:

remote screen

The right window shows the Remote System, the CNR web server where you will upload your files; when you first connect you will be on the home directory, which will show up in the top box as a forward slash. Now double click on the sas and when you see the next screen, doubleclick on the folder bearing your name. You are now in the correct place to upload your files. The top box will read /sas/ plus your first initial and last name.

your remote web directory

The left window shows the directory structure of your local computer. Doubleclick on the little up arrow or use the drop-down menu to navigate to different levels of your local computer. Find the folder where you will be keeping your web files (I have a folder called Server, with various subfolders where I store my course web files). If you wish to upload files from a floppy disk, scroll to the bottom of the left window and doubleclick on [-a-] (the symbols at the bottom of the left window designate different drives on your local computer). Once you have reached the appropriate folder on your local computer, click on Options at the bottom of the screen:

options screen

Click on Save Current Directories as Connection Directories; then click OK. The next time you connect with this profile, you will go directly to the appropriate folder on your local computer.

To upload files from the local to the remote system, highlight one or more files and click the arrow pointing right; reverse the procedure to download from the remote to the local system. Just remember that files will automatically replace files on the other system with the same name; you will not be warned. Also, be sure to check ASCII when transferring html files and Binary when transferring all other files (image files).

Browsers can only read certain file formats. All web page files must end with the extension .htm or .html; CNR's server will accept either extension, but you should be consistent. All image files must end with the extension .jpg or .gif. Your home page must be named index.html (or .htm) or default.html. Email me if you have any questions or problems: <>.