I did it that way because it was easy to figure out how to do it and I was intimidated by the sound of File Transfer Protocol (ftp). Uploading files by hand is slow but easy and I did it that way for quite a while.
Then, one day I wanted to upload about 250 files all for one website. Yes, it can get that big!
When you consider graphics, sales pages, content pages, One Time Offers (oto), licenses, documents, disclaimers and privacy policies, it gets complicated.
So I decided to go get Cyberduck and get with it. By the way, it’s free!
I went over to http://cyberduck.ch/ and hit the download link. Just follow the instructions and it is soon an installed app on your computer. Your Mac that is.
If you are suffering along with a regular PC don’t despair. You have options…there is Filezilla – http://filezilla-project.org/
I haven’t used this one but I hear it is easy to use and works on both Macs and PC’s.
For the sake of discussion lets just go with the idea that you have files to upload and some of the files are Nvu files. Nvu is a FREE html webpage editing software that works for both Macs and PC’s.
There’s no point in trying to replace Cyberduck’s tutorial in this one article. It’s straightforward and will tell you what to do better than I could…but…there are some details that will trip you up that this article can cover.
Here is one of the things that will trip you up first and foremost when you start uploading files and that detail is their names! The files names, that is.
File names can’t contain spaces or capitals. They can contain numbers. Otherwise they just won’t upload.
I need to stop here for a moment and talk to you about storing your files. That is, where you put them. You want to get it right the first time! Otherwise link propagation will drive you nuts.
Here’s that scenario. You name and upload a file. The file is up there on your server for all the world to access via the web. That name you gave it is part of it’s URL, which stands for Uniform Resource Locator but I just think of it as it’s “address”.
Then you’ll go out and advertise that URL to the world. You put it in emails. You’ll put it in blog posts. It will be on other web pages. It’ll get around!
Here’s the nugget. If you ever, for some reason, need to change the files URL, there will be a bunch of dead links out there and they are YOUR links! You’ll never find them all. Alternative To WeTransfer