How to update your Porkbun-hosted website via FTP

If you’ve purchased full-blown web hosting from Porkbun, you may be wishing there was an easy way to update your website via FTP. Well, there is! Here’s how:

Log into your Porkbun account and navigate to Domain Management.

If you’ve purchased traditional web hosting from Porkbun, you’ll see a green icon that looks like a bee hive just to the right of your domain name. That’s the link to take you to the Web Hosting screen. Click it.

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-11-53-57-amOn the Web Hosting screen, click “Login” in the Control Panel box.

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Now that you’re logged into cPanel, click the “FTP Accounts” button in the “FILES” section.

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FTP Account settings

We’re now ready to set up the FTP account we’ll use to manually update our website. Let’s look at how we should set up the account to allow for easy FTP changes to your website.

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First up is the Log In field. Here’s where you’ll put the username you’ll use to log in over FTP. Some examples are: admin, webmaster, etc.

You may be surprised to see that you are asked for a Password. This is because you can set up multiple FTP accounts that are restricted to different areas of your website if desired.

Under Directory, type:

public_html

The above gives this FTP user access to your entire website. If you’d like to restrict access to a subfolder of your website, you can instead enter:

public_html/subfolder

The Quota can remain “Unlimited” unless you need to limit the amount of data that your user can upload to your website.

Once you’ve got everything looking right, click Create FTP Account to create the account. You’re now ready to log in!

Logging in

To retrieve your login credentials, click the gear icon or “Configure FTP Client” under FTP Accounts near the bottom of the page. screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-12-08-18-pm

Note that your FTP username is your Log In name @ your DomainYou must enter the entire FTP Username when logging in via FTP, not just the Log In name.

You can simply copy and paste the FTP Username and FTP Server into your FTP client, or you can also download pre-built configuration files for your FTP client of choice in the Configuration Files section. Click the blue “FTP Configuration File” that matches your FTP client, and a configuration file will download that can be imported into your FTP client by following the linked instructions underneath the download link.

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