When an Internet browser visits your website, the first thing it does is search your /public_html folder for a file called “index.” It can be index.htm, index.html, index.php, etc.
If an index file is found, this is displayed in the Internet browser automatically. Most websites use this index file as the website’s home page. You can view the /public_html folder yourself by using your cPanel’s File Manager. You can use a variety of methods to publish your index file. In this article, we’ll show you how to use your index file to upload files to the Internet using FTP.
To upload to your primary domain, you will also need your FTP login information and settings from your HostPapa welcome email.
If you are uploading to an addon domain, please read check out this Knowledge Base article to determine your settings.
The most popular way to publish files to the web is by using an FTP (file transfer protocol) program. These programs create a link between your computer and the server that hosts your account, allowing you to copy and paste (or click and drag) your website files to your HostPapa hosting space. Many FTP programs, including FileZilla, ws_FTP, and CuteFTP, are free or have free trials. After that, you just need to download the program and install it.
For more information, please read these articles:
- Where can I get an FTP software program?
- How do I FTP my website files using Fetch (for Mac)?
- Video tutorials on using FTP programs
Web Design Program’s Built-In File Transfer Feature
FTP programs are also included in web building software, such as Dreamweaver. There are many programs available, but here are some articles for the most popular:
cPanel’s File Manager
We suggest you do not use File Manager if you have a large number of files to upload. File Manager uploads only one file at a time and will not let you select entire folders. Unless you can create a compressed (zip) file to upload your entire website at once, this can be a very long process.
If you need help with your HostPapa account, please open a support ticket from your dashboard.