WordPress - Install an FTP client on your local computer

In my last hub I had explained how to create WordPress pages that were fully textual in nature. If you missed that then here's the link: Putting it all together.

In this hub as promised I'm going to take a look at how to include images within your WordPress pages. To include images in your WordPress pages you will have to:

  • Have the images created and stored somewhere on your local computer
  • Have an File Transfer Protocol client software on your local computer
  • Know how to use the FTP software on your local computer to transfer images from the folder they are in on your local computer to a folder in your WordPress installation that is on your Hosting computer
  • Finally you would need to know how to use the WordPress page editing tool to include these images within your WordPress page

You will have to obtain FTP client software (Oh Yes! there is FTP Server software as well) and install this on your local computer. This is because most M.S. Windows operating system based computers, such as XP, Vista, Win 2000 and so on do not have an FTP client built in. Fortunately there's a ton of excellent FTP client software available on the Internet for Free. I'm going to describe how you will download and install the FileZilla FTP client on your local computer in this hub. The FileZilla FTP client is quite a popular FTP client and is completely free for download and use.

Here's the URL: Download the Filezilla FTP client

As soon as you click the link provided you will be taken to the FileZilla project page, which will open in a new tab in your Browser. You can download the FileZilla FTP client software. Take a look at diagram 1.

Diagram 1. Download the FileZilla FTP client.
Diagram 1. Download the FileZilla FTP client.

Click the left hand side button to download the FileZilla client for all operating systems. Take a look at diagram 2.

Diagram 2. Download the FileZilla Client software for M.S. Windows.
Diagram 2. Download the FileZilla Client software for M.S. Windows.

Click on the link that will download the FileZilla FTP client for M.S. Windows. When you click this link the Browser's file download system will kick in and you will be prompted to download the FileZilla FTP client as shown in diagram 2.

Diagram 3.  Download and save the FTP client to your hard disk.
Diagram 3. Download and save the FTP client to your hard disk.

Click on Save File to download and save the FileZilla FTP client software to a folder on your hard disk. Once you have the FTP client saved to your hard disk simply double click the file to install the FileZilla client on your local computer.

The installation is a breeze. In just a few seconds the FileZilla FTP client software will be installed on your computer ready to be configured. The file name of the latest version of the M.S. Windows FTP client is FileZilla_3.3.4.1_win32-setup.exe.

Take a look at diagram 4.

Diagram 4. Double click the .exe file to install.
Diagram 4. Double click the .exe file to install.

The FileZilla FTP Client software install process begins. Take a look at diagram 5.

Diagram 5. FileZilla Installation Starts.
Diagram 5. FileZilla Installation Starts.

Please follow the instructions on screen. All are pretty self explanatory.  Simply go with the defaults and you should really be absolutely fine.

Diagram 6. The installation in progress
Diagram 6. The installation in progress
Diagram 7. The FileZilla startup screen
Diagram 7. The FileZilla startup screen

In my next hub I'm going to provide details about how to configure the FileZilla client you just installed so that you can connect to your Host Web server and upload images currently on your local hard disk to a folder in your WordPress installation so that you can then include these images in your WordPress pages.

Ivan Bayross
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mnmguy 6 years ago

Why go through all this when Wordpress has a built-in image uploader? It not only allows you to upload images and other files from your hard drive, but collects them for future use in a nice, neat gallery.


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opensourcevarsity 6 years ago from Mumbai / India Author

Yep you are correct and I agree completely.

In fact I'd mentioned in my hub that often web developers use FTP and The WordPress editor combination to add images to pages or Blogs as I've described.

I'm also writing a hub that will provide details on how anyone can use the WordPress built-in image uploader to work with images in a WordPress page (or Blog).

I'm simply sharing and letting readers choose which approach to wish to take.

All to often I've noticed people are a wee bit afraid of FTP clients.

I for one favor the FTP client approach for manipulating images in WordPress pages or Blogs. My favorite FTP client being CuteFTP.

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