Thursday, July 31, 2008

Firefox Add-On: FireFTP

I mentioned previously that I just upgraded to Firefox 3 now that some of the add-ons I consider essential in my workday have become available. One such essential add-on for me is the FTP utility, FireFTP. Although I do most of my publishing now at hosted sites, such as Blogger.com and PBWiki.com, I also have some server space which I pay for at a couple of domains (mythfolklore.net, bestlatin.net), and I also have a tiny amount of webspace available to me through my university. When I want to quickly publish something to any of those webspaces, FireFTP is what I use!

Here are some notes about how to use FireFTP:

1. Download and install the FireFTP plug-in by going to the FireFTP webpage and following the instructions there. (For this to work, you must already have installed the Firefox browser on your computer.)

2. Start FireFTP. After you have installed FireFTP, it will show up under the Tools Menu in your Firefox browser. After you click the FireFTP option in tool menu, a screen will pop up showing two panels - one panel contains all the files on your local computer, and the other panel will contain the files on the remote location.

4. Creating a new account. The first time you connect to a server as your remote location, you need to click on Manage Accounts, and then select New. You only need to do this once; after you create this New account, you will be able to use it whenever you want to access that particular webspace.

When you select New from the Manage Accounts menu, a dialog box will pop up. You need to enter the name of this account ("My Such-and-Such Webspace" or something like that), and you need to enter the name of the remote server, your username and password. This information should be provided by the administrator for your webspace.

University of Oklahoma: If you are an OU student, the name of your server is students.ou.edu. If you are a faculty or staff member at OU, your OU webspace is faculty-staff.ou.edu. For the login, enter your OUNet ID (4x4), and for the password, enter your regular OU password for the password to the account.

5. Connect to account. Now you should see the new account show up in the Accounts box, and you can click on Connect to connect to your account.

6. Manage files. When you connect successfully, you should see all your webpage and image files in the remote location panel.

  • To navigate from folder to folder, just click on the folder you want to open, and you will see the files and subfolders displayed.
  • You can use the arrows pointing between the two panels to move files between your local computer and the remote location.
  • To delete a file, just right-mouse click and choose the DELETE option.
  • For additional features and functions, click on the Help link in the upper-right-hand corner of the FireFTP window.

7. Don't forget to close the connection! When you are done, make sure you close the FireFTP tab in your browser.

FireFTP has many other features as well, although for quick and easy publishing to your web server, this is all you need to know!


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