How to Access and Upload Wordpress Configuration Files to FTP Hosting


Do you want to access the WordPress configuration files and you don’t know? You are in the right place. You can make any changes from your website using FTP.

What is FTP

The FTP or File Transfer Protocol (File Transfer Protocol) is used to manage Wordpress files on a server remotely. It is used for security and compatibility reasons. You will be able to access files from another computer regardless of the type of operating system it has.

Accessing files via FTP can be useful for manage files of a website made with WordPress and fix any errors. It can be accessed through a client application such as Filezilla or through the web (WebFTP), which is generally an access granted by the company where the site is hosted.

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Why should I use FTP

WordPress has a section called Media to upload or delete files and it works very well, but it can be limiting. In case of wanting upload files in bulk it is best to use FTP, as there is less chance of failure.

It should also be considered that in case of not being able to directly access WordPress due to an error, it can be solved by directly managing the files on the web. The use that is usually giving the FTP in WordPress is:

How to use FTP to configure WordPress

The essential thing before starting is have a client application to access the files. You can use Web FTP or a desktop program. In this case we will use Filezilla because it is Opensource, very efficient and compatible with most operating systems.

Access data

After downloading and installing Filezilla, it will be necessary to obtain the access data to connect to the server. This can be obtained from the Cpanel (control panel) where the website is hosted.

If you have no idea where the CPanel is, you can find it from your user account on the hosting page. In your list of products you should find the direct link to access.

Once inside the CPanel click on the icon FTP account and check what are the access data to connect. If you cannot find the access data, you can always create a new FTP account, you just have to save the following data:

  • Server: It is usually a name assigned by the hosting or the domain name.
  • Username: Name of the user with permissions to connect by FTP.
  • Password: Access password of the FTP user.
  • Port: The port number that is usually used for FTP connections is usually 21.

Access Filezilla manually

Access Filezilla manually

  • Open the app Filezilla
  • If you are connecting for the first time, you can place the access data on the quick connect bar.
  • Enter the access data to connect via FTP.
  • Once the connection is established you can view server files in the right panel of the application. The first folder shown in the one you mapped when creating the FTP user or root folder.
  • Choose the folder you want to configure on the server, either upload or delete a file.
  • In the left panel of the application are the local files, that is, the files on your PC. Select the file you want to upload in the page directory. You can choose multiple files simultaneously.

Access by Filezilla automatically

Depending on the hosting service you use you can download a file for automatic configuration of the FTP client. If the file is compatible with the application, you can automatically connect with the application.

  • Open Filezilla and open the menu File
  • Click on the option to import
  • In the file explorer window choose the file automatic configuration. The file extension is .xml
  • Press the button To accept to start the configuration, connect to the server and access the files.

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